The humble bumblebee. These solitary bees can be big and scary but actually don’t sting. They are starting to appear as the spring gets going, searching the hedgerows for nest sites. I prefer to draw and paint from life but this one is from a photo in a book, the only thing I had to hand this morning.
Pig headed, not to be argued with, how the warthog got his name
Hogging the frame, warts and all, Africa’s characterful bush pig
The girl. Mike Bailey
The elusive leopard, in the Zambezi valley in Zimbabwe. From a photograph by the late Jeff Stutchbury.
Today’s picture for David is a black rhino in the Zambezi Valley in Zimbabwe made from a photograph by the late Jeff Stutchbury.
March full moon, this one painted itself tonight, the night of the full moon was clear but very windy. Nothing is the same as painting in oils.
Harry, work in progress
New project, filling picture books for my children, at least a picture a day, nothing fancy, lots of copying photos. This one is for David.
Drawing challenge, Day 30 - A Congratulations banner for finishing the challenge. I don’t go much for banners so I thought a salon style exhibition of the challenge pictures. Picasso said the best artists steal so I took liberties with ‘Un coin du salon 1880’ by Edouard Joseph Dantan. Thanks to everyone who gave me encouragement and feedback. I made some progress as well as some mistakes and the challenge certainly had me making pictures I would never have dreamt of trying without it - even this last one, so I recommend it and owe special thanks to Aya Rosen for the inspiration and regular support.
Drawing challenge, Day 29 - A place you want to go. I’ll be boring, I want to go back to Skiathos, the beach at Lalaria which has the most stunning blues I have ever seen (not well caught here I’m sorry to say). I have been lucky enough to have been to a lot of places but few exert the pull of Skiathos for light, warmth, colour and that feeling that you can cope with all this has to offer and yet not want for more. I guess that is called contentedness.
Drawing challenge, Day 28 - Anything you’d like. Tunisian oyster shells, mother of pearl caskets. Last time I was at the beach in La Marsa there were so many of these shells, still attached in pairs, on the tide line. I couldn’t resist them and collected as many as I could hold, all folded one inside another. They came back to Romania complete with sand and the light of the Tunis sky.
Drawing challenge, Day 27 - someone you love. This is the crunch day, testing the relationship with demands to sit still and to look this way and that and then with how you make your significant other look. At least she was spared Mrs Bonnard’s regular ordeal, this time.
Leonard Vartic, Romanian painter with ‘Aki’
Drawing challenge, Day 27 - Something you don’t like. Guns, kids and guns, kids with guns, toy guns, violent video games. I have seen too much of the effects on children and their families of adults using guns (and bombs and tanks and jet fighters) to get any joy from the excitement of playing war games or cops and robbers. Guns let people kill other people too easily, with too little effort or thought or time for reflection. Guns have no place in the hands or lives of kids.