Making a video of me sketching!
I can't remember how many years it's been since I started thinking about making a video of me sketching. Last year I did get as far as making a slideshow of a step by step - see © Katherine Tyrrell Sketching the Long Border, Great Dixter (July 2013)
I've long said I'm going to produce a video of me sketching - and years have gone by during which time I have bought tripods etc and never ever done anything about it. We then come to the advent of the mini iPad and I've again begun to think about videos of sketching. Yesterday quite spontaneously I finally did it!
...and finally - this is it!
This comes with about 15 seconds of thought and preparation and starts with me taking the mini iPad back into my own hands from "he who must not be bored while I sketch" - who was supposed to be filming me - just as he has yet another hay fever attack.
That's when I discovered I could actually hold the iPad Mini and sketch by looking at the sketchbook through my iPad! For those of you with iPad Minis why don't you try it?
You might be interested in how I hold a pencil....... however my pudgy hands distress me - they come courtesy of both age and disability!
Other than that take a look at my first go at iPad videos of me sketching. Like I said - this is spontaneous - and you get the usual features associated with sketching (something falls over , the sketchbook goes skew whiff etc).
More about my day out and photos of the sketching set-up
Who would have thought that writing a book about drawing and sketching would have led to a drought in terms of plein air sketching - and blogging about my sketching? My visual capacity in my brain has been completed filled with selecting and gathering in images (and copyright forms), rescanning and photographing over 100 images of my own plus creating lots of diagrams to explain points.
It was absolutely idyllic yesterday to sit in a very English Garden and enjoy the humming of the mower, the singing of the birds and the shade of a barn on a very hot day in East Sussex - and to also enjoy getting back into my plein air sketching!
Here's the view of The Topiary Lawn at Great Dixter with its edge/fence of ash trees that I was sketching.
The trees reminded me of both Sisley (long slim tree trunks) Hockney (tree surgery!). I liked the people on the big bench as it added life into the garden - and of course show me yew topiary and I'm itching to get my sketchbook out - all those nice big shapes!
This shows you how far away I was actually sat - in the old cow shed which was lovely and cool (it was a very hot day yesterday!) - looking out across the wild flower meadow which surrounds the yew topiary! Listening to the grass paths being mown.
The set-up and kit
This is where I was sat
|My sketching kit and where I was sat in the old cow shed|
But you can retrieve blue sketches - see my blog posts about how to do colour corrections on Making A Mark
- Correcting colour: How to stop your white paper looking grey and
- Correcting colour: another way to stop your white paper looking grey)
|The pen and ink sketch I usually do some hatching to indicate shadows and form|
particularly when it's a time of day when the sun is moving quite fast.
This is where I'd got to prior to the video. One of the aims of the day was a test of my new Stillman and Birn Zeta sketchbook with extra heavy weight paper in Natural White (kindly supplied for review by Stillman and Birn via Jacksons Art Materials). Plus a new pen - a Sakura Micron Pigment Ink - size 01 with archival ink. More about this on Making A Mark Reviews later.
More of my sketches at Great Dixter can be found by clicking this link.
The wildflower meadows at Great Dixter
This is what the wildflower meadows are looking like at Great Dixter at the moment. I have never ever seen so many orchids in one place! The meadows are part of The Weald Meadows Initiative developed by the Wild Meadows Partnership. Great Dixter is supporting the High Weald Landscape Trust's campaign to double the number of wildflower rich grasslands in the High Weald by 2015. Now is the time to see them!
|One of the Wild Flower Meadows at Great Dixter|
|There are thousands of common Spotted Orchids |
in the Great Dixter Wildflower Meadows.
Visit Great Dixter
If you want to visit Great Dixter, I suggest you take a look at a few facts
- Address: Great Dixter, Northiam, Rye, East Sussex TN31 6PH
- consult this Google Map of its location
- Opening Hours: Open 29th March to 26th October 2014 Tuesday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays. (Closed on all other Mondays) Gardens 11am to 5pm (last admission); House 2pm to 5pm
- read http://www.greatdixter.co.uk/plan-your-visit/
- review the map of the garden