A word from Alice - studio stories from Alice Draws the Line – Tagged "Sketchbook"– Alice Draws The Line

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A word from Alice - studio stories from Alice Draws the Line

  • Bluebells and Cow Parsley

    I spotted my first bluebell of the year a couple of weeks ago. Six days ago I returned to see how they were getting on and there were many more appearing.

    This morning I went to find them before opening up the studio. 

    There is a carpet of blue now! 

    I paused for a minute and did some quick studies in the A6 sketchbook I'd put in my coat pocket.

  • A day at the beach

    Last week I had a day at the beach with my cousin. Despite heavy drizzle when we left Herefordshire we had a dry day at the coast, with a bit of sunshine for an added bonus!

    We picnicked at Borth beach - and I sketched

  • A Creative Adventure with The Walking Sketchbook

    So far this year I have done quite a lot of very neat, considered work. Yesterday I went on a creative adventure with my friend Katherine Owen (aka The Walking Sketchbook) and it was the perfect way to mix up my creativity. 
     
    We had the date in the diary for weeks and I was really looking forward to getting outside and sketching somewhere on location.
  • It started with a New Year's Resolution...

    'It started with a New Year's resolution...'

    Someone asked me how Alice Draws the Line began recently and this was my response. And it's true, in 2008 I made a New Year's resolution to do a drawing a day in a sketchbook. I missed a few days but I did it, a directly observed sketch for the year.

  • A golden hour sketching… and jogging adventure!

    I am not a jogger. I like the idea of it however, and have tried to go for a few runs this year. While on holiday, it was a beautiful evening, Louise went for a run, and so I went for a run... with a difference!
    I packed some sketching kit in a brilliant art bum bag that my neighbour gave me recently to see if I could make use of it.
    I took my small watercolour set, an A6 sketchbook, my new graphite stick, a water brush and some other pens and bits and pieces (just in case!).
    It was such a beautiful evening and the sun broke through the cloud for the most spectacular golden hour while we were out. I stopped at a wooden gate - the perfect width to balance my sketchbook and paints on.
  • Sketching a view or two…

    I was thrilled to find a beautiful book all about the Welsh artist Kyffin Williams at our B&B when I went to stay near Aberystwyth last week. His oil paintings are excellent, but my favourites were his drawing - some preliminary studies for oil paintings that followed.

    Lots were drawn in graphite and watercolour and I loved them. It inspired me to hunt out art supplies in the town and try and do some of my own landscape pictures

  • Vitamin Sea…

    Last week I went to the sea for three days with my good friend. We had a lovely relaxing and creative time. It was really lovely to draw these on location, soaking up the sea air and nattering away as I drew.
  • March Meet the Maker - part 3

    - From the archives

    Just recently I've had a lovely time looking back through old sketchbooks. Here are some pages from the sketchbook I used during my Art Foundation year (2001-2002). Line drawings and black ink were a favourite back then too, but at the time I was doing more mixed media illustration and was working towards a large textile piece with all the lines drawn with a sewing machine (freehand embroidery). 

  • The power of personal projects

    I am a big believer in personal projects. Alice Draws the Line came about because of one of them. My new year's resolution for 2008 was to do a drawing a day for the whole year. I kept the daily drawings all in one sketchbook and by the summer it spilled into a second volume. It wasn't easy, it was a challenge. 
  • How to make a quill pen from a feather...

    Last week I was given two new feathers. One we think belonged to a Red Kite - there are some that live near the studio and can be regularly heard and seen circling the skies. The other may have belonged to an Owl of some sort. I need to look it up. The arrival of these feathers, the Quentin Blake image and some recent appreciation of very inky drawings spurred me into action. 
  • Travel Sketchbook from 2006

    I've been drawing a bunch of cut flowers each month from September 2019 until now, May 2020. In the May bouquet were these Irises. Each month Tammy from Wild Bunch Flowers selects the stems. Tammy is based close to the studio which has made this project even more special. 
  • My Drawing A Day kit... and sketchbooks galore!

    I've occasionally been asked on Instagram about my sketchbooks and the materials I use to create my artwork.

    So here we go, some answers...