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The Start of Spring

As promised here is a picture painted with my lovely new brushes and a picture of the brushes.  I thought I would quickly post it now before I head off on holidays and forget.

Spring Magnolia Journal Page Water colour and ink

Spring Magnolia Journal Page Water colour and ink

In Australia we count the seasons a bit differently than other countries, we do it by the calendar not by the equinox.  So for us spring starts on the 1 September and lasts three months until December.  It has certainly been spring this weekend, with the most gloriously warm, still and sunny days, that just make you want to stay outside and soak up all that lovely warmth and sun.  So I wanted to do a spring picture for my Season of Colour Journal and it needed to be fresh and lively like this spring weather.

New paint brushes, ink and water colour journal page

New paint brushes, ink and water-colour journal page

So I went for my latest medium of choice water-colour and my ever so fabulous new Japanese brushes.  These are art works in themselves and a very welcome birthday present from my brother, it is so convenient that he lives near some quality art shops.  I have heard about these lovely brushes which are very fat, but come to the most sublime points.  Mine are Kazan Mahogany mop tops no 6 and no 2.  I was surprised at how big they were but they just glide across the paper.  I tried to work quickly and spontaneously and lay the colour down, then went back over it with a dip pen.  I am tempted to do a little more detail, but keep telling myself to walk away.

So for all of your out there sliding into fall, here is some spring sunshine.

Karen

Dusk in Fitzroy

I was waiting to meet up with a friend for dinner and used the time to start a sketch of the lovely old Victorian shops in the stripe the restaurant was in. It was still too cold to sketch outdoors so I did the next best thing and wound down the window of the car, switched on the seat heating and the stereo, almost outdoors but with all the comforts, felt a bit like cheating, but I was too comfy to care.  It was right on dusk so I did not have much time to get the basics down.

Dusk in Fitzroy

Dusk in Fitzroy

I am using my new Japanese pens, I found a new website (which may be going to cost me big time) called Jet Pens through Sketch Book Skool and bought just a couple of things.  The new pens are Kuritake Bimoji Felt tip pens, they just have to be good with a name like that.  I also received some very special Japanese brushes for my birthday too.  Kazan Mahogany mop head brushes.  I asked for the number 2 and 6 and they are huge, but soooo divine.  I will be drawing them soon and will share some photos with you.

These two little terraces stood out for me as the tops were still original Victorian with the contrasting brick colours, while the bottoms had been renovated and were painted black.  A very ugly job but interesting juxtaposition between the colourful old and monochrome new,  Melbourne is renowned for these colourful brick patterns, luckily we had a number of different clay colours close at hand which is apparently unusual.

The other news is that I will be off to Bali for 10 days where I will be taking part in a drawing retreat.  Can’t wait to be in the sun and spend time with other arty people.  I will be sending you some drawings from there next week.

Karen