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Artist’s Sketchbook

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Watercolour studies

Watercolour studies

When I trained in Visual Communications, or Graphic Design,
there were no computers (this gives my age away, yet it was
not that long ago!). Part of the joy of creating was to
craft something by hand; to let ideas flow onto the page
as inspiration and then to evolve them, allowing them to
take whatever form they wished, spontaneously. The outcome
is irrelevant in the initial stages – it is an organic
process of exploration that takes place when thoughts or
impulses are translated into pen or brush strokes.

My career as an Advertising Creative started ‘manually’ as
campaigns were shaped from ideas that passed ‘the overnight
test’ and all strategic criteria that called for them to
be not only unique but relevant – to bring results.

Having come full circle, exiting from the world of marketing
and communications brings new freedoms – there is no ‘reason’.
Getting back to the basics and picking up a pencil, it is
only a matter of allowing whatever wants to be expressed to
reveal itself, which can be surprising…

This page highlights part of this new adventure as projects
that come from the ether take tangible form – a creative
process where ‘the new’ is born.

‘The Emergence Mandala’: Mothersong project, 2012 Australia

Sketchbook

Initial sketch, 2011

Drafting the design

Drafting the design

First layers of gouache

First layers of gouache

Adding background

Adding the background

Final mandala and symbols

Final mandala and symbols

‘Through Nature’s Door’: inspired to sketch faces in nature
while writing my second book…

Emerging from a tree trunk

Emerging from a tree trunk

Knotted tree by river

Knotted tree by river

Tree formation

Tree formation

Ivy and tree knot

Ivy and tree knot

Tree lining the canal

Tree lining the canal

A plane tree

A plane tree

Perpignan canal

Perpignan canal

Tree, in a field in Cerdagne

Tree, in a field in Cerdagne

Rock face in forest

Rock face in forest

Oak tree, beside the mountain road

Oak tree, beside the mountain road

Cover sketches

Cover sketches

Click to view introduction to ‘Through Nature’s Door’

Naissance Of A Pomegranate series

On holiday in Provence

On holiday in Provence

Interior structure

Interior structure

Collecting reference, on location

Collecting reference, on location

Etching templates

Etching templates

‘Crowning Glory’ Rose Cottage

Watercolour study (unfinished)

Watercolour study (unfinished)

Artichoke, initial sketch

Artichoke, initial sketch

The design evolves

The design evolves

Colour tests

Colour tests

Inking the plate (gravure)

Inking the plate (gravure)

The Tree Of Life

First draft

First draft

As Above, So Below

Continuing the theme

Continuing the theme

7 thoughts on “Artist’s Sketchbook

  1. Pingback: Artist’s Sketchbook | Panier of Plenty

  2. Love the artichoke watercolour, the pomegranate sketch and the mandala. So talented!

  3. mesarapugs on said:

    Wow!! You are so multi talented! Thank you for sharing your beautiful work – look forward to seeing more 🙂

  4. Misty on said:

    I find you so inspirational! Your talents are endless and I thank you again for sharing. As a single mom it is very relaxing to read your journal and grasp the images you draw. Very nicely done.

    • Thank you Misty… welcome, busy moving to the new studio space in the garden so I hope to get back to creative projects soon – is your child (or are your children) old enough to enjoy drawing? I am looking forward to that stage, Célestine is 8 mnths old and eats my pages…

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