Posted by Debbie Craddock 15 Apr, 2019 20:42
Posted by Debbie Craddock 01 Apr, 2019 20:48
It was a glorious weekend with the gardens full of spring flowers.
I chose to paint shells which I discovered were as complex to paint as botanical subjects!
I have include a page from my sketch book as it shows the exercises in illustrating texture (willow), form (shell and quails egg) and structure (scales from a cone).
Below this is the finished shell painting.
Posted by Debbie Craddock 14 Feb, 2019 20:21
In November we went on a guided mushroom walk at Polesden Lacey led by a fungi expert and identified many mushrooms in the ancient woodland there. The walk inspired me to draw some of the mushrooms in pen and ink. An artist I follow makes handmade books and I decided to mount the drawings along with illustrations of other autumn subjects in my own handmade book. The project took almost 3 months to complete. The book is made from thin card and the drawings are mounted on thick Lokta paper which is made from the bark of the Lokta bush in the Himalayas and gives a textured autumnal background to the drawings. The colourful leaves were painted and cut out from thinner lokta paper which gives them a natural quality. The cover is made from oil board.
The book can be opened like a concertina to display all the images together or used as a traditional book.
I hope you enjoy watching the video of the book: please click on this link.
Posted by Debbie Craddock 01 Jan, 2019 18:58
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Posted by Debbie Craddock 16 Dec, 2018 10:44
A painting from late summer combining field bindweed growing up fences at Pachesham and a birch branch found on Albury Heath.
Posted by Debbie Craddock 31 Oct, 2018 21:00