Sunday, October 28, 2007

Where most of us have been all week

North Cornwall, what a beautiful place to live. The rugged dramatic coastline, the patchwork quilt of fields spread over hills and valleys. I was at last able to see why so many artists have chosen to live here. Action man had a great time mastering surf kayaking with son Hugo, Tom tried surfing for the first time and was very good at it, Xavier managed to get completely wet paddling most days. I only got wet when as the beach-based official family sports photographer I failed to notice the tide coming in as I looked through the viewfinder.
420mm x 150mm brushpen and watercolour


Blogger Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

I never got to Cornwall. I'd booked on a boat - once upon a time- and I intended visiting a potter in Cornwall, but I went to Fiji instead. On branch of our family came from there though.

10/29/2007 7:04 AM  
Blogger Genine said...

this is awesome!!

10/29/2007 4:51 PM  
Blogger vivien said...

I absolutely LOVE Cornwall :)

nice sketch :)

The creeks of the south coast are beautiful too in a very different way - but my first love is the wild Atlantic north coast :)

10/29/2007 9:18 PM  
Blogger Finn Margrie said...

Do you sketch out the main shapes of the drawings or just go straight in with the pen and paint?

I loved the "After the best fish and chips ever!".

I did a bit of charcoal for an A2 peice for collage but I still had to draw where the main shapes would be.

10/30/2007 8:59 PM  
Blogger Julie Oakley said...

Wendy it is beautiful. Genine and Vivien – I wish I could have had more time to draw on my own - maybe another time.
Finn I sometimes put in a few pencil lines, especially if I think the subject won't suit inaccuracy (eg. some architectural subjects). However I've found that going in straight away with pen or ink or paint can be a really good way of improving my ability to draw with bold confident strokes. So there was no pencil with this one but there were a few pencil guidelines put in on the "After the best fish and chips ever!" picture. Before I practiced drawing in pen (without pencil guidelines) my pencil drawing was very tentative, whereas now I am happier with the kind of pencil marks I make.

10/30/2007 9:24 PM  
Blogger Finn Margrie said...


10/31/2007 8:27 AM  
Blogger Christina´s sketchblog said...

Wonderful sketch. And you got to visit Cornwall! It´s way up there on my list over places where I would like to go. Would love to see more.
The best/
Christina from Sweden

5/19/2008 9:19 AM  
Blogger Julie Oakley said...

Thanks Christina. I'd love to go to Cornwall again. Holidaying in this country is so expensive at the moment though.

5/19/2008 11:04 AM  

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