I've been experimenting with different styles of collage just recently, and trying to finish some to put them up onto my website. I now have 5 completed and they are really rather varied, and don't necessarily compliment each other! In the two below, I've tried to keep things a little simplier than usual, and also with more subdued colours, which I'm starting to like for a change. Its a start I guess.....
Finally a warm day and a chance to go sketching with my sketching buddy, Gill. Its been quite some time since our last jaunt, so we headed somewhere familiar, the gorgeous St John the Baptist Monastery, just a nice stroll through the castle grounds in Koroni.
We chose two separate spots, and sat perched on our stools, taking in the birdsong and the warm breeze - sigh... this is most definitely the life! Here's what I came away with....
In my endeavour to get my sketchbooks and travel journals somewhat more finished and consolidated, I enrolled in Sketchbook Delight by Alisa Burke http://www.shopalisaburke.com/collections/online-classes. The course is done via a blogsite, and I thoroughly enjoyed it, and am still working through various parts of it.
Lisa comes across as a very relaxed and likeable person, and as a lot of the course is done via video, that's important! Her own artworks and journals are wonderful and a real inspiration. I did work through most of the exercises, though didn't actually put them onto the Flickr site. What I have so far managed to do though, and this was the whole purpose of doing the course, is come up with a way in which to do my travel journals which I'm happy with, and in my own style. I've been getting rather frustrated with trying to work my sketches into visually interesting pages, whether its when we're travelling, or whether I'm sketching locally. I often seem to end up with a sketch hovering over a plain white page, with no idea where to do next, and with lots of blank pages in between.
So the time has come to whip these numerous sketchbooks of mine into shape. Below is an example of one of my 'new' double spread pages, not necessarily complete! This is the beginning of our recent trip through to France, and onto Australia. The sketchbook I'm using here is my favourite type - a landscape Moleskine with lovely thick watercolour paper. Now, if only I could do something about my dreadful writing!