Got a bit distracted while researching for my dissertation…managed to find a pack of sharpies and ended up doodling…
It was a lovely summers day this week, so I felt like taking full advantage of this, sit outside in the fresh air, and decided to get back into watercolour painting.
The last time I did watercolour painting was 3 years ago for my Art A levels, I looking back now, I remember that I really used using this method of painting but never continued using it. So this perfect summers day seemed like a good opportunity to do so.
I decided to draw and paint an image that was quite small as I didn’t want to take on a huge image just yet as I had no idea how the outcome of the painting would be, so I went for a safe option and painted an image of a Tyrannosaurus Rex skull. While painting, I felt that it wasn’t really going to plan as the colours just weren’t blending together and just generally looked rubbish, but I pushed myself on and didn’t abandon it. Overall, I am pleased with it, I don’t think its the best in the world, but seeing as I haven’t used watercolours in years, I think it’s a good start.
I can happily see myself using this method of painting more in the future!
With my recent trip to Oxford, I was able to look around a book store called Blackwell’s. They have a variety of different book stores, and I went into the art and design book store. Now, I’m not going to lie, I’m not a big reader, I don’t really have the patience to sit down and read a book, I’m more of a picture book person, I like to see things visually, so this art book store was like a little piece of heaven with picture books galore!
One book in particular that really caught my eye was this Natural Histories book. I’ve always been interested in Natural History ever since I was little so to find a book which is all about the illustrations of how animals were seen back in the day, it was love at first site. I love old fashioned illustrations as I find they have so much character, they all seem unique with all illustrations being hand drawn.
This book package comes with a book going through the history of illustrations and the back stories of how the artists came about drawing the animals, and even though I’m not a massive fan of reading, I do find this book very interesting! The package also comes with 40 prints of the illustrations found in the book and I cannot wait to find some nice frames to put them in and get them on my walls!
I really recommend this book to anyone for a love of art and illustration as well as animals and nature.