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a bit of a layoff . . .

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Blue hands . .

I NEVER use blue ink . . I don’t know why but I just don’t like it….however it was dark as we  snuggled down in front of the wood burning stove and I sketched whilst we watched something innocuous on TV. I didn’t realise it was a blue pen… anyway it’s the hand of Constantine taken from a statue at the Capitoline Museum in Rome…. becoming a bit obsessed with this hand .. 

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More comparisons . .

This was the quickest, and I think, it’s my favourite – – Just a Pentel Japanese Brush Pen.

Then another attempt in colour .

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Another of these comparisons . . .

It didn’t start out as a comparison table- I just got bored with waiting for the watercolours to dry so I started on other versions of the same objects . . . the original was this, with water colours and a Copic Fineliner. I’ve been using these Pentel colour brush pens for a while,,but this time I used Koh-i-Noor pans.

The idea was to draw/sketch larger – so from a Moleskine to a sheet bigger than A3 –unfortunately the image only sort of doubled in size…..

So I started this whilst the first -‘coat’ was drying. This was done Faber-Castell Pitt artist pens, for the colour and Copic for the black outline.

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James Bartholomew

Last time I was visiting my mother in Parbold, I finally went into this gallery- it’s a beautiful converted windmill on the canal. It’s home to James Bartholomew and his work – I like his animal studies- they’re full of colour and life – and it’s not my usual ‘thing’ to be honest. So if you’re ever in the area, drop in to see it- it’s well worth a visit – and you can get decent cup of coffee in the cafe across the road, too!

For those of you interested the idea of the double-sided cut-out actually came before the pictures!