Friday, August 31, 2012

WIFI–Chinese Gardens


I’m deeply interested in horticulture and garden designing, and it’s always fun to come across videos like this one. It takes a look at some really beautiful Chinese artwork – and the influence of Chinese gardens on them.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Sketchbook–Pencil Mug


It’s a mix of water-color, charcoal, and lead pencils. I have more, lots and lots more, in a box in the cupboard. Tomorrow I’m going to give them an airing. The phone is an antique that somebody gifted my father – obviously when the model was the height of fashion – and he said, here, you want it? So I have it and it’s my only handset – I’m a cheapskate and I don’t like cellphones. I sometimes think I’m the only person who isn’t glancing down at their hand in public.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Photo of the Week–White Chafa


It’s a slower-growing tree than the other varieties, with rounded leaves instead of pointy ones. A neighbor gave me a branch four years ago, I shifted it twice, and it’s now near the back pond and about five and a half feet tall. The flowers are long-lasting, pure white, and have a lovely scent.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Drawing–Black Leaves


I love doing black and white drawings, and, at present, I’m doing a drawing a day. The drawings are not planned beforehand. I just start and I like to discover where the line is going and what is going to emerge finally. Then I fill in the details. I was going to use waterproof ink, but the one I have has turned funny – stays sticky for some reason – and so I used black gouache here.

Monday, August 20, 2012

What We Did On Sunday



Here are two pencil rough spreads from ‘What We Did On Sunday’. It is a story about two sisters who are left to fend for themselves one Sunday.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Illustration Friday–Bounce


The house was empty when he returned that evening. She was gone, and he knew she wasn’t coming back this time. Suddenly he found it difficult to breath and his shaky knees gave way. He slid down in the corner and tried to think. He wondered if he would ever be able to bounce back from this blow.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Photo of the Week–Yellow Canna


I love, love, love Canna lilies. There’s something almost musical about their shape.

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