2013 has got off to a rapid start, and whilst I'm still coming to grips with it, I felt the need to have a rerun through 2012. Take a peek on my main blogsite .......
2012 has disappeared in a fog of Italian cities, French villages and Greek tavernas, with yet another trip to Barcelona and France upon us this week - visa things to sort out!
To follow us on some of our travels, visit my main blog at www.jackiesinfrance.blogspot.com.
I have so many beautiful photos to work through and put online........a small sample below...
And plenty of sketches to add too - yes, they have actually been happening, but slowly; some locally......
and others, working on completing my travel sketchbook from earlier in the year.
AND I've even donned a 'teaching' hat in conjunction with my friend and fellow artist, Gill........ check out the link! http://artistswindow.com/new/2012/12/acrylic-paintingweek-four/
Last but not least, my Art Weekly has been coming along rather nicely, and regularly, as well.
I look forward to getting back into the painting, sketching and collage big time over the Xmas period and throughout January.
Yes, it has been a while since my last post, apart from my previous bid to get organised post - but that's the downside of travelling I guess. Once we return home too after such a long stint away, its always a little hard to get back into the swing of things.
Whilst we were on the road though, I did manage to keep up a sketch journal, which I am currently finishing. It is hard to sketch and be sociable at the same time, and I do have some blank pages to fill, but I'm working on it! A small sample of some sketches below....
Part of my time away was my special Art Retreat on the lovely Greek island of Skiathos. Here, I did actually 'work' very hard, along with cooling off in the pool, and spending time eating and chatting with Yvonne. The two of us painted very harmoniously in her studio, and I managed to complete quite a few small paintings, with other larger ones underway. It was wonderful to actually paint with someone again after all these years, and surprisingly, we were quiet most of the time too!
Now its time to buckle under and work on getting my portfolio updated with lots of new paintings.......
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!