Monthly Archives: October 2016

My InkTober Project | Day 1 – 10

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When October arrived, I jumped to join InkTober where artists all over the world take on a drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day in the entire month. Rather than following an official prompt list, I decided to do mini portraits of inspiring women.

At the start of the challenge, I was a bit disappointed how my portraits turned out – I thought they could be better but I then realised that what matters the most is subject, the meaning of these illustrations, rather than how good they are. The fact that I am having a lot of fun doing this project and practising with portrait drawing also matters.

I’ve shared pictures over at my Instagram under this hashtag #ksminiportraits and I love looking through #inktober2016 to see what others are up to. In my next post, I will share more of my portraits and some of my favourite InkTober artists!

My Daily Art In September

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September wasn’t my good month in terms of painting every single day. I had to miss 5 days because of my road trip to Idar Oberstein, Germany with my sister – she needed to collect her stuff from where she used to live as she now lives in Bristol working as an Assistant Producer for BBC See Hear (read her awesome article on BBC Blog). As it was just me driving 10 hours each way, I didn’t find time to draw – I was too focussed on resting my eyes and stretching my legs when I wasn’t driving.

However I do really love what I’ve painted throughout September. I continued painting countrysides from my Peak District photos, and challenged myself to paint portraits in watercolour (I usually paint portraits with oil so for me painting portraits with watercolour is SO hard!) Like many, I am obsessed with the new TV series, Stranger Things and thought it’d be fun to paint the characters. Portraits above are two of the main characters, Eleven and Joyce Byers. I’ve got Barb, Chief Hopper, Dustin and few others on my list waiting to be painted! I am also making it my ongoing project – to paint my favourite TV characters with watercolour.

I’ve been sketching mushrooms too. I am warming up to start painting a series of british wild mushrooms, and I might turn them into a print if they go well. Keep your eyes out at my Instagram for work in progress snaps!

Peak District In Film | Part 3

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On our last day, we visited Chatsworth House and took our time looking around the house. There were so many beautiful art and sculptures to admire. We continued our visit by exploring the gardens, that had fountains, maze (where we excitedly joined but failed miserably!) and greenhouse.

Before driving back home, we stopped by Bakewell for delicious roast dinner at The Peacock and visited The Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop.

Peak District is truly beautiful and I am thrilled that it is only about an hour away so next time we’d like to visit north part – I hear Upper Derwent Valley is a must visit. If you are a regular visitor of Peak District, I would love to hear your recommendations!

This post is continued from Part 1 and Part 2.

Peak District In Film | Part 2

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nikon f4, kodak gold 200, developed by carmencita film lab

I captured these beautiful landscapes when we did Mam Tor circular walk, climbing to the summit of Mam Tor and walking back to car park via steep narrow path, broken road caused by a landslide (amazing to look at), Blue John Cavern, and fields where we met some sheep friends. They mostly looked like they wanted to kill us though!

This post is continued from Peak District | Part 1.