My March sketchbook session was a couple of page spreads inspired by receiving Eve's sketchbook. A large square spiral sketchbook with black paper it provided a refreshing change to my little pocket size sketchbook. Her drawings, mainly in black and white, reminded me of my days living in Bristol. The seafront near Nailsea maybe or event he docks in town. My initial response was to provide some colour but to capture elements of Eve's style like the landscape and the text. Inspired by the mountains in my area (Snowdonia) and the blossoming cherry tree in my backyard I produced the images above. So nice to see spring arriving after a gloomy, wet and grey winter.
These are my three initial pages for the TEA sketchbook circle. It was soo nice just to spend a few hours drawing and experimenting with things that I have recently been inspired by. For example, a friend sent me this link to these beautiful quilt patterns made out of envelope paper by Stephen Sollins and I thought that this would be an excellent way to put down pattern on to paper and get started with my new sketchbook. To complement this, I drew images that are part of my everyday environment since I prefer to draw from observation (my dog, the orchids on my window sill, and some recently spun yarn). The stitching from one drawing provided the initial line to inspire the next drawing. All of the work is mixed media (pencil, coloured pencil, pen, watercolour, thread, collage). Next I am looking forward to responding to someone else's imagery!