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more greenwich landscapes

Last night I showed Stuart that day's sketch from the park, and was sitting there feeling a bit glum and irritable about how it looked. I decided I'd do another quick doodle, not caring and just taking the mick out of what I'd drawn. But then I got so absorbed in mocking my own picture that I ended up being quite pleased with the outcome. (And I looked at the clock and realised just how late it was.)

The park looked far more interesting this morning, with loads of strong shadows and golden light. I haven't attempted any colour work, but I tried using pencil instead of pen (since I'm putting myself through the Alex Milway/Philip Reeve Landscape Course 101, and Philip uses pencil). Alex recommended I look at work by Caspar David Friedrich, John Constable and Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot. That's really helpful. (Thanks, Alex!) I know these guys' work, but it's a totally different thing to get a book with some good prints in it and take it drawing with me, so I can be sitting there drawing a tree, and turn a page to see how one of them did it. I still have a very long way to go.

Yesterday I sat on a damp tussock (undoubtedly widdled on by countless dogs), but today I sat on a bench and sketched in palatial grandeur. When I used to work from home, I sometimes used to take a packed lunch to this colonnade between the Queen's House and the National Maritime Museum. I only ever saw old people sitting there, but some of them had great stories. My favourite ones came from a retired merchant seaman, and I wished I'd had a voice recorder with me.

A couple more picture of the National Maritime Museum in the morning. Have you seen their Toy Boats exhibition? It's fabulous. (I made two blog posts about it, here and here.)


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Sep. 15th, 2010 10:46 am (UTC)
Enjoying seeing all your different sketches.
Sep. 15th, 2010 01:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Selina! :)
Sep. 15th, 2010 11:01 am (UTC)
If I have time on Saturday I may well take a peek at the toy boats exhibition!
Sep. 15th, 2010 01:44 pm (UTC)
Yay, do it! The whole place is amazing. I got told off big-time last time I tried to take photos in it, though. Sketchbooks again it is.
Sep. 15th, 2010 12:37 pm (UTC)
Aw, what a fun approach to landscapes! Plus bonus squirrel face.
I love the super bold, geometrical B/Ws-- is this a style you used to use more, or just messing about?
Sep. 15th, 2010 01:47 pm (UTC)
Cheers! I have done some work like this, but not so much with landscape. It's kind of the same style as my Dear Diary minicomic, and a bit like some gouache paintings I was experimenting with in art college. But that picture really was just messing about. :)
Sep. 15th, 2010 06:59 pm (UTC)
Love the ink sketch-from-a-sketch - so rad! Go Sarah!
Sep. 18th, 2010 09:06 am (UTC)
Thanks, WoM! (And Ellen!) :D
Sep. 16th, 2010 04:25 pm (UTC)
Sep. 18th, 2010 09:06 am (UTC)
The only kind of squirrel.
Sep. 17th, 2010 07:30 pm (UTC)
I love the squirrel landscape drawing - it's interesting that the picture is so identifiably of Greenwich Park - the various hills and pathways lace together there the same way as in my imagination, unlike the photo which if it didn't include the dome and power station chimneys might be any old park. How wierd that such a highly stylised drawing should be more recognisable than a photo.

The picture also just reminded me - rollerskating down One Tree Hill is a ridiculous thing to do.
Sep. 18th, 2010 09:08 am (UTC)
I agree! The ink drawing gets rid of a lot of the murky muddle in the middle, makes everything sharper and easier to see.

Did you seriously rollerskate down One Tree Hill? That's totally nuts!! How long were you in hospital?
Sep. 18th, 2010 02:04 pm (UTC)
Oh yes. We didn't get far. I fell and sprained my wrist after about 5 yards. Having the hospital so close to home was like a dare, I think. I hate rollerskating.

However, cycling no-hands down Crooms Hill (on the inside of the park) was exhilarating. Of course, if I saw a child do it now I would be outraged.
Sep. 18th, 2010 02:15 pm (UTC)
Haha, I literally JUST got back from cycling down Crooms Hill! Not no-hands, though. And I stopped half-way down to show Stuart that tree by the brick toilet block that has two different faces in it from two different angles. Then all these tourists saw me pointing, and when we left, they were all busily photographing it.
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