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 .......
Wishing you and your families a safe and wonderful Christmas and New Year. Stay tuned for my 'Creative' round up of 2012......
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.......
I'm not sure what's happening but 2011 is running away with my time already, and I still haven't done any sketches for the Sketchbook Challenge. My main thought as far as January's title 'Highly Prized' goes, is 'freedom' but what I would sketch to illustrate that is still a mystery - perhaps if I equate it to 'my freedom, to travel and explore new places' - am working on it.....!
I have been painting though. I find with working on my small Weekly Paintings, that I am best to start a few all at once, and then I get into a good rythmn and there's not too much stopping and starting, and I do tend to manage to get fairly loose. This works well for the underpainting stages anyway, and then also the ink, but when I move into the thicker and lighter paint, I tend to have to concentrate on just the one painting, and this stage takes me the longest, and I find it the most frustrating. As per usual, I tend to rather like my paintings up until I start adding the lights, and then it all seems downhill from there. This makes makes wonder whether I should be looking at a way of stopping with a finished painting then and leaving it fresh and loose. Some inventive thinking is called for I suspect.
I'm ready to start another large painting of the colourful rocks as per my previous Blog, Long Lost Photos. I feel the need to break into something more abstract for a while, although if it gets loaded up with too much medium, it may well be impossible to roll up and transport back to Sydney!
A little sketching took place over the Xmas / New Year period, and with the beautiful sunny days we're having, hopefully more may take place this week. For the sketch below, Gill and I wandered around the ruins of the Koroni Castle and into the grounds of the Monastery - so many great spots for sketching there. Its incredible to see the bougainvillea still flowering madly at this time of the year too.