Winter walk in the rain but finding lovely texture and pattern forming in nature.

'Bones of the Land' Masterclass Day 2 : Gesso

Ink vs Gesso
It was really interesting to see the qualities of Chinese ink on paper against Gesso with board.  Sanding, scratching - almost carving into the board with gesso and then applying ink liberally before wiping off with lots of clean rags to reveal the collection of Ash trees I focused on from some initial quick doodles done outside.  Kate was really interesting and we got an insight into how Chinese artists work using confident, controlled use of the brush and ink. The handles of the brushes were lovely.

'Bones of the Land' Masterclass Day 2

Kate's full of life, encouragement and support!  Now working with big sweeps of line and more brush work with Chinese ink.   Great stuff for a girl who's best friend is a 0.25 fine liner pen LOL!  Gesso demo later .....

'Bones of the Land' Drawing Masterclass continues

So the 'Bones of the Land' masterclass on to developing some sketching and drawing after venturing outside on a cold but dry winter's day for inspiration.  Enjoying working with black Chinese ink and brushes, being mindful of my marks.  Tried to choose a subject that I wouldn't normally go for.

Day 1 : 'Bones of the Land' Workshop

Part of the first day was taking a train ride to Perth with the intention of creating a small blind acetate sketch and speed sketching with a larger piece of acetate & black permanent pen capturing lines and textures, details.  A wee stop off at Perth station and was delighted to see a wonderful sky roof that emulated the rhythm of the workshop.