Tuesday, 28 April 2009

New growth

As usual, as soon as Monday comes around the week takes wings again. I did manage to do a little bit of artwork this w\e, but spent a lot of useless time once again trying to load things onto my web site, but as iweb is designed as a fun piece of software the code is inaccessible, so it won't let you put anything on it , like a paypal button.
However I have got my site republished and rejigged, so for anyone who hasn't seen it, it's been down for a about 9 months, you can see my 'other work' here.

I finally finished my bluebell sketch, which turned into a log sketch, as I became totally facinated by it's shape and lost interest in the bluebells.

I was going to work on the cowslip sketch but every time I looked at it I decided that maybe it was enough as it was and I might kill it if I fiddled with it, as that's sooo........ easy to do.

It's been so nice to get back to a bit of sketching practice, but I would like to spend more time on it and gain a bit more skill and confidence.

Over the w\e we went to a local heath that suffered a terrible fire about 2 years ago so I was delighted to see how much eveything had recovered in the meantime, but the scars are still there.

But even in their blackened state the trees make wonderful natural sculptures.

I deliberately underexposed this shot, very daring for me, to try and capture how dramatic this tree looked as we rouded the bend and saw it.

And I had a little help post processing from the 'master' for this one as the sky was really burnt out, but I loved the markings on the bark.

I'm off to my Alice Kettle master class on Saturday, so I'm very excited, I don't know if we'll be discussing our progress with our 'Freedom' project, but it'll be nice to meet half of the other finalists.


hippopip said...

The cowslips look great and the burnt trees are facinating,I have been wanting to go and see Prince Charles "stumpery" he could find a use for yours.Lets us all know about the Alice Kettle workshop.

Heather said...

Your photos of the burnt heath are so dramatic - isn't it amazing how nature manages to restore things? I love your cowslip and bluebell log sketches, they are charming. Hope you enjoy the master class.

Julie said...

Lovely cowslip sketch Sharon and dramatic photos. It's amazing how the earth regenerates itself, isn't it?

Have a fantastic time with Alice Kettle.

Anonymous said...

I've just visited your website. Congratulations! I really like your work.

Fran├žoise said...

Lovely work on your website Sharon!

Jacquelines blog said...

Congratulations on your website Sharon, looks really great!

Shirley Anne Sherris said...

Enjoy the master class and report back to us.

Becky Vigor said...

Your website is looking great and I am an aspiring customer - but you keep selling the ones I want! Love your sketches, and think you're right to leave the cowslip on as it is.

Val said...

Love your sketches Sharon - you are soooo talented. Have a fantastic Workshop on Sat.

Ro Bruhn said...

It's amazing, nature's resilience, we live not far away from the tragic fires in February and already the eucalpytus trees are sprouting new growth. I love the cowslips and I can almost smell the bluebells, from your earlier post, over here, ah the nostalgia.