Sunday, 15 August 2010

Irish Church

It's been a while since I last did a serious pencil drawing so I decided to put that right. I've always believed that Drawing helps us tremendously with our painting. Not only does it help us to outline our subject before picking up our brushes, but it teaches us a lot about tonal values. I also have to admit that I am much more 'at home' with a pencil in my hand, than a brush. I enjoy painting, but I always feel more satisfied with my drawings than my watercolours.

I found this ruined church as we drove along the narrow country lanes of County Kerry in Ireland. Looking through the open window revealed the pews still in place and the graveyard was still in reasonable order. It was an odd discovery.

8 comments:

  1. Well you are good with a pencil John, but your recent paintings show that you know how to paint a watercolour as well.

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  2. Thank you Keith, I appreciate that very much.

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  3. Wow! This is just lovely! Very beautifully done John :0)

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  4. I have to hand it to you John, you are really good with a pencil. Looking at the detail in this sketch, I can understand why it took you 5 or 6 hours, but the end result was well worth the effort.

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  5. Thanks Frank. As you know I've often tried to loosen up, but at the end of the day, I think this is where I'm most comfortable .... a pencil in one hand and a rubber in the other. lol.

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  6. I too feel more at ease with the pencil, and tortured with the brush, but cannot stop trying... What the heck is that about?
    like both your pencil and paintings. very nice.

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  7. I know what you mean Barbra. Thanks for the comment ;-)

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