Thursday, August 29, 2013

Drawing Ponza


Every Summer we go to a small island in the Mediterranean called Ponza.  My Mother-in-Law was born there and my Father-in-Law has a house overlooking the harbor.
This year was the first in many that I wasn't sick with worry about small children dropping of sheer cliff faces or falling out of boats - and I actually managed to have a moment or two to myself.
I envisaged coming home after 2 weeks with a sketchbook filled with drawings of peach, yellow and blue houses, boats idling on turquoise seas, great blooms of hibiscus and plumbago bobbing gently in the breeze.  Ha ha! It didn't work out quite like that.  I didn't even open the bag of art equipment until the second week.  
I managed, however, to produce a few sketches.  Most of them were a bit ropey (I haven't tried landscapes for years) but I was quite pleased with a couple of them.  
Here are a couple of pics of me at work - I didn't deliberately co-ordinate my top, towel and nail polish - honestly.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Wise Words (and Begonias)

I woke up this morning feeling a bit anxious, knowing the Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search results (revealing the Top 50 entries) would be out today and wondering if I'd made the cut - and I didn't.  I'd already started this group yesterday and as I sat down to design, feeling a  bit despondent, I realized that  I was working on some perfectly-timed, little messages to myself.  For a start they're a great, big compilation of all my floral styles, a little celebration of the last year or so spent creating Victoria Johnson Design, and secondly, the messages are uplifting.  I could have really ran with it and written some very elaborate, self-affirmation texts but drawing all those letters by hand takes a long time! (Bytheway - what do you think of those Begonias ?!!!!)

Thursday, August 1, 2013

A Sketch A Day - The Begonias (and a Geranium)





This week I thought I'd get the watercolours out and do some splodgy florals.  Then I decided to try some charcoal sketches.  I wasn't convinced that I liked them and wondered what would happen if I blobbed a bit of water on top of the charcoal.  It was a Eureka moment.  I really thought I'd tried nearly every type of art technique and material on the planet and couldn't believe I'd not stumbled across this simple trick before.  I was so pleased with the results that I scanned them in straight away and stuck them in a group of designs!  This daily sketching exercise is paying it's way!