Coming Full Circle

10 Mar
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The triptych from the inside

A few weeks ago I was privileged to join one of Fern Smith‘s women’s circles, part of her ‘Seven Sundays In Spring’, walking through the beautiful deer park in Dynefwr, Llandeilo, drawing an extraordinary wintry tree in my sketchbooks, here’s one of the sketches below… 

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One of my original sketchbook drawings

I have thousands of sketches and dozens of sketchbooks locked away in cupboards and I only choose a few to develop into another piece of work, and this is one of those times. I was invited to do a pop-up drawing at the Women4Resources event for International Women’s Day at Creative Bubble today. I decided to do a triptych onto detail paper that I taped to the window, so that people outside could see the drawing developing without coming in – it’s a democratic way of doing art because it reaches out to people, not everyone is comfortable coming into an artspace.

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I started out with my home-made walnut ink, blocking in the base of the tree and working into it with sanguine conté crayon to develop a texture. Then I brushed in the upright trunks.


Then I switched to white gouache and brushed in another layer of uprights, trunks and branches. And finally, I used a black conté crayon to work tiny marks into the area of the sky behind the branches.

The work looks different from the outside, with the white branches much more prominent and the black sky almost invisible. I guess that if I ever exhibit it I’ll have to consider framing them with glass both sides.

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The triptych from the outside

And so full circle, from the drawing en plein air to the triptych in the window, from Fern’s creative women’s circle to International Women’s Day, it feels complete.


8 Responses to “Coming Full Circle”

  1. NorCal Zen March 14, 2018 at 15:31 #

    LOVE this!

  2. anna warren portfolio March 13, 2018 at 01:45 #

    What great drawings, and lovely to see them from both sides.

    • Rosie Scribblah March 15, 2018 at 12:39 #

      Thanks Anna. Lots of people stopped to look from the pavement 🙂

  3. Leonie Andrews March 11, 2018 at 22:48 #

    Love your approach and how odd that illusion of the black conte not being visible from outside. I assume that being lit from inside in the evening would be different yet again!

    • Rosie Scribblah March 15, 2018 at 12:39 #

      Yes, Leonie. i have them back at the house now and they’re differernt again 😀

  4. Hansi March 11, 2018 at 16:17 #

    Wow! I’m impressed, also love seeing the photo of your sketchbook.

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