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Garlic Bulb practice……..

Cor, life is busying up all around at the moment. The Single Malt Monkey and his keeper will be off to Spain shortly for some painting in the hillsides (and the appreciative consumption of some fine food and wine). I haven’t drawn anything for at least 5 years and haven’t painted anything for near on 20 (at least) so I thought I’d better get some practice in. So, in the spirit of “drawing anything is practice”. Here is my Garlic Bulb exercise.

I’ve always been a line and ink man at heart. That’s always been my starting point for whatever happens next. This harks all the way back to my art training days in the 70’s.

I’m pleased with this as a first off. Some areas works better than others, and I’ll note that for next time, but experimentation is what it’s about when you are in search of your style – which is why I intend to dress in orange trousers and a pink jumper ! ………with red socks !


15 thoughts on “Garlic Bulb practice……..”

  1. Nicely done SMM, I like the variety of lines/dots/scribbles you’ve used to convey texture/shadows. I’ve done loads of these myself πŸ™‚
    I totally envy you your Spain trip, and only hope you don’t procrastinate from the mission at hand while appreciating the fine food and wine πŸ˜‰
    These days I’m working on a detailed sketch of lilies using oil pastels on canvas. Maybe I’ll post a pic on my blog after I’m done.

  2. Your trip sounds wonderful! I hope you’ll share some of that hillside painting with us. πŸ™‚ I like this drawing — I’ve always been amazed at what the eye and the hand can do when working from the mind of an artist. I’m glad my mom would read the name of the illustrator when reading books to us as chldren. Even as a little kid, I always admired the skill of pictures, and now– even more. Thanks for sharing yours here.

    1. Thank you, RΓ©. I’m ashamed to say that over the years I’ve neglected my drawing/art ability in favour of music and a full time job. Now that things are easing off on that front I intend to get going again to see where I can take it.

  3. Hi Al…
    Orange trousers and a pink jumper with red socks?? Still think not many colors there? πŸ˜€
    Good to hear about your Spain trip… That place is already in my bucket list… πŸ™‚
    I liked that sketch… I used to do a lot of sketching back in school… Just no time for anytime right now… Id love to get back to it someday… Not good at painting though… Tried painting a few times but it looked more like i spoilt my sketch… πŸ™‚
    Have a wonderful trip my friend… Big hugs to you n Fi… Take care…

    1. Thank you for your kind words, Ms Sunshine. I know what you mean about spoiling sketches with paint and I also believe that unless you have an innate instinct for paint as a medium then you have to learn how to use it as a separate skill – which takes time. But I know you’re an artistic and creative soul so it’ll still be there when you get back to your sketching/painting.

  4. Lovely! I like the vigorous cross-hatching and the way you’ve captured the many different textures. Enjoy your trip and happy painting! Spanish hillsides — what a dream. πŸ™‚

  5. . . . open toed sandals to top off the “look”.

    Looking at your sketch the time is definitely right to start again in earnest. Good eh!

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