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Dharma in the Garden
Scotland, UK
growing my own way
Interests: art, gardening, reading, photography
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I will definitely do an oil painting of this but just had to try doing an iPad drawing to compare the result with the pencil sketch. I managed to create the effects I wanted with the hair but surprisingly I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2013 at Dharma in the Garden
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I do like using the iPad drawing apps (and I have been experimenting with a few) but I just can't seem to get the same level of control or detail in my drawings as I do when I work with... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2013 at Dharma in the Garden
This is a very short video but if anyone has any doubts about being an artist or whether their contribution to the art world is of value then I recommend they watch it. Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2013 at Dharma in the Garden
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I did this quick image using the iPad app Art Set and then worked on it more using another app called ArtStudio. The features are a bit 'off' but I enjoyed doing it. Now I think I need to step... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2013 at Dharma in the Garden
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This is taken from the sketchbook I had to submit for my portraiture assessment last summer. I used a ballpoint pen to do a quick sketch from a newspaper photograph. The papers were full of pictures of Olympians which provided... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2013 at Dharma in the Garden
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I was looking through my portfolio this morning and came across a few pencil sketches which I did when I probably about 18 or 19 years old. They have a definite 'fashion' feel to them, but I was into clothes... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2013 at Dharma in the Garden
prAna's Handbook for Life 2013 is a list of 39 suggestions for dramatically improving the quality of life. Lots of these that I want to do and some that I do already. Okay, maybe not that many but 9 I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2013 at Dharma in the Garden
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Tradition: sit with husband in a room lit only by tree lights and remember that our blessings outnumber the lights. Betsy Cañas Garmon - www.wildthymecreative.com What a beautiful sentiment. It is so easy to forget that our blessings are many... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2012 at Dharma in the Garden
Okay, have given the blog a different 'look' and edited/updated a few bits and pieces. But I still need to start thinking about what the purpose of this blog is, if it's served its purpose, whether it's time to start... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2012 at Dharma in the Garden
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I attended a Figure Drawing Masterclass on Saturday with the artist Kelly-Anne Cairns We spent the morning working in charcoal drawing our model Elizabeth. This was my second life drawing class so I did a little better with proportion this... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2012 at Dharma in the Garden
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This is my latest drawing of Ronnie Wood. I am in experimental mode at the moment, just trying to find my way not only with the app but in what I am trying to achieve with these drawings. My initial... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2012 at Dharma in the Garden
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Here's one drawing that didn't work out. Pity, as I thought it was going OK. I don't know this actress (Sofia Grabol) but saw a photograph and loved the shape of her face. She has a very long face and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2012 at Dharma in the Garden
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Well, today's drawing took a lot longer to complete than yesterday's. The likeness disappeared about half way through and I came very close to hitting the delete button. But I persevered with it and it got a lot better, although... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2012 at Dharma in the Garden
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I have been using one or two iPad drawing apps lately to see what sort of results you can get and have been pretty impressed so far. These apps will definitely be my winter art medium of choice. Particularly today... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2012 at Dharma in the Garden
It's a wonderful book isn't it? Read it again recently and it's still as fresh as the first time. Thanks for stopping by!
Toggle Commented Oct 12, 2012 on The Gardener at Dharma in the Garden
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I would have preferred doing this head study on red pastel paper but even my extensive supply of art materials didn't extend to this particular colour. I am working from a photograph of the same male model again but this... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2012 at Dharma in the Garden
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I have always struggled when drawing profiles, the mouth especially, so this is the image I decided to work from today. This time I managed to get the proportions of the head right (the distance from the face line to... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2012 at Dharma in the Garden
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I am busy preparing for my portrait painting course at ECA Summer School. Only twelve weeks to go so I am attempting to get as much practice as possible before then working from life and photographs. Yesterday I did a... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2012 at Dharma in the Garden
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I should mention that the googles look very much like the kind you wear when scuba diving and are bright green. They look so ridiculous I debate whether to put them on. Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2012 at Dharma in the Garden
Thanks Tracy!
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I'm using this Clairefontaine sketchpad for some 'wet in wet' work. It has 180gsm drawing paper so can take a lot of water and doesn't buckle. It's called a travel album and I think I may have bought it with... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2012 at Dharma in the Garden
Today Jamie Ridler asks the question "What is your spirit wishing for?" My wish is simply to believe. In myself, in the goodness of others, that all things are possible, in a creatively fulfilling and abundant life, and most of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2012 at Dharma in the Garden
Oh yes, just a typical week for me!
Toggle Commented Feb 27, 2012 on This Week at Dharma in the Garden
So far I have been: enjoying the sight of spring bulbs starting to push their way above ground; removing the moss which has covered most of the brick edging surrounding the lawn; discovering Cruickshank Botanical Gardens and I ♥ Art... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2012 at Dharma in the Garden