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Friday, 16 October 2020

Inktober Week 2

Hello all - I'm still carving time out of each sorting/clearing/packing/moving day for at least a daily Inktober contribution.  I'm not following the main prompts, but working on autumn leaves, grasses, berries and flowers - things I really want to get better at.  I'm playing with line and wash - either starting with a pen sketch and then watercolouring, or adding pen work to a watercolour sketch.  And then there's usually a final stage of adding extra details with both!

There are up days and down days, ones I really like and others which make me less happy, but rather than faff around with all that, I'm just going to let you take a look for yourselves.  Welcome to the autumnal gallery.  (All the details of what materials I'm using are in Inktober Week 1.)

Day 8



Day 9



Day 10



Day 11



Day 12



Day 13



Day 14



Oh, and just before I go - I want to show you those sycamore seeds taken from life...

... and the grasses taken from some grasses I glued and sealed to watercolour paper three years ago and haven't got round to adding colour to yet (though I have watercoloured some of the ones I made!).

I'm pretty pleased with both these, and the cluster of purple ivy berries this week.  I hope you'll find some favourites amongst them too.

The learning curve is fascinating (and steep!) and I'm enjoying discovering what works for me and what doesn't... which is really the whole point of a daily challenge - as well as to keep me sane in the midst of trying to move house across a continent in the middle of a global pandemic.  (Top tip: don't do it!!)  But with Brexit looming - and who knows what horrors in terms of trying to take van loads of stuff across international borders - I've got to get out while I can.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope you're all staying safe and well.  It looks as though we're in for a long hard winter, so I'm continuing to celebrate autumn with my Inktober sketches for as long as possible.

Wild is the music of the autumnal winds amongst the faded woods.
William Wordsworth

I'd like to offer up these line and wash paintings for Chris's lovely Art Journal Journey theme of Hold the Line

And I'd also like to join in at Paint Part Friday where it's the Week 33, Year 10 check in... so happy to have had last week's paintings picked out by the R.G.!

I'm going to add those berries to Sara Emily's Purple, Orange and Green theme over at the Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog - it's a rusty orange, but it's definitely in the orange zone, and she specifically said it didn't have to be Halloween!

#newbloggersucks

34 comments:

Valerie-Jael said...

Hi Alison! Your drawings from nature are all magnificent, I really love them, they remind me of the illustrations in some of my old books. Thanks so much for joining us at AJJ with these beautiful pieces, much appreciated. Have a great weekend, and hope your packing etc is coming along well. Have a good and safe weekend, hugs, Valerie

Bestdayblogger said...

I really love your pieces. They really capture the delicateness of nature and the colours are beautiful and the lines too. Very stunning pieces. Happy PPF and have a lovely weekend. Your art inspires me.

My name is Erika. said...

I love autumn bits from nature, and so I am really enjoying these drawings Alison. You have really captured them and their nature. These could be in one of those wonderful illustrated journals from long ago. Beautifully done Alison. Thank for sharing with us at ARt Journal JOurney. These are fabulous lines. Have a fabulous weekend! Hugs-Erika

Christine said...

Just beautiful seasonal work!

DVArtist said...

Alison you are just amazing. These art pieces are incredibly well done. I could see these is a book. Enjoy your day.

Clare Lloyd said...

Gorgeous art

Anne (cornucopia) said...

Wow, gorgeous artwork. I like all of the Fall themes you used.

sirkkis said...

So delicate and beautiful art of autumn nature. Love every piece of them πŸπŸŽ¨πŸ‚ Happy weekend πŸ’—

Dixie @ Arranged Words said...

A lovely autumn gallery. Favourites ...Queen’s Anne Lace looks so beautiful, along with the grasses and money tree, and the Brown Eyed Susans.
Thank you so much for helping me out with my ‘Crab Apple’ issue. :)
Best of luck with your move.

denthe said...

Your work is beautiful. I love the grasses, so delicate. And that first painting is so gorgeous too. Very atmospheric. Well done for keeping up with a daily challenge while moving house! Enjoy your weekend! ♥

Linda Kunsman said...

They are all so soft and beautiful. I wish I could sit beside you and just watch as you create these beauties. Happy PPF!

Rain said...

I love your trees and the flowers, they are super, really lovely! :)

https://linsartyblobs.blogspot.com said...

They are all lovely.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Even before I saw the real deal at the end, my favorite was the sycamore seeds. They were my favorite and I love them.. However, all your pieces this week are simply incredible. You draw SO very well, dear and I'm totally impressed.

Christine Alexander said...

So many beautiful watercolour drawings Alison, my favourite are the berries and the sycamore seed pods :)

Helen said...

your drawings are so lifelike, the grasses and rudbeckia especially. good luck with the continued packing/sorting

NatureFootstep said...

I am glad you liked my post this week, But seeing what you created I think I have to go out picking more small stuff. Love the seeds of Linden, if I am not wrong. And grass always.
I vill mark this post for inspiration :)

Cestina said...

All are lovely but the sycamore is simply stunning.

And when when your move is done and autumn fruits have been overtaken by snow, just think of mosses and lichen part covered in a snowy blanket. Fresh grist to your paints and pens. Xxx

Nancy Wethington said...

WOW! Gorgeous!

Sandy said...

Well sitting here across the pond, I would say you have more that works for you than doesn't! Wonderful Alison - although everything you painted was stunning, I love the sunflowers the most. I also love the fact that your Mother comments on your blog.
Thinking of you,
Sandy xx

butterfly said...

Well, she is in a different country at the moment, Sandy - so it's nice to hear from her any which way!! Axx

carol l mckenna said...

Exquisite nature artwork ~ such beauty expressed so well.Love your art style ^_^


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A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)

pearshapedcrafting said...

I love each and every one Alison but must say the Sycamore wings are my favourite! Thank you so much for linking them to Art Journal Journey! I do hope that you are getting on well with your packing! Will one journey do it? Hugs, Chrisx

Mac Mable said...

Absolutely fabulous and especially loving the sycamores on day 9 and those wispy grases. You so look like you are enjoying it Alison? x.

craftytrog said...

Your watercolour paintings really are stunning Alison. It's great that you're still finding time to create.
Alison xx

Marci said...

Lovely!

Craftyfield said...

You're doing well, they look fab, Alison! Don't envy the trans country move... I can't think of anything more stressful, especially at this time! x

Sue said...

Such beautiful artworks Alison, you swap seamlessly from Mixed Media to watercolour with such ease. I certainly do not envy your move at the moment, but as you say with Brexit, now is definitely the time to go. Perhaps you could take Boris with you.... Take care, and have a great (or maybe just settle for productive week, Sue xx

Meggymay said...

An awesome selection odf pages, each has so many lovely additions to see. Thank you for linling to Chris's theme at AJJ.
Stay safe.
Yvonne xx

Lagene said...

Gorgeous creations! I especially love the sycamore seeds!

Patty O'Malley said...

Fabulous watercolor drawings, Alison! They are so realistic!

Cocofolies said...

This is simply wonderful Alison, I would really love knowing, living near you, and creating with you some so beautiful watercolour drawings and nature paintings.
All your last makes are just... WOW and WOW. I miss words (in English at last!) to describe my feelings :)
With love,
Corinne Xx

sarascloset said...

Alison, you have some keen observation skills, paired with mad watercolor skills! I just adore seeing your artwork, and I'm so pleased you tucked in that berry one for our challenge over at The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog! Yes! So happy you took me up on the 'alternate' prompt of Purple, orange and green, it doesn't have to be Halloween!

Mrs.B said...

Just catching up, such beautiful artwork.
Avril xx