Tuesday, 14 January 2014

A January Drawing

Hello Lovelies.
the idea for my latest drawing started with some indoor bulbs.....Hyacinths to be exact.
I'm sure many of you know of the pleasure these little pots of Spring bring me at this time of year.





My own Hyacinths sit on my kitchen windowsill, so I decided to work with this . In my initial sketch you can just about make out a rather large bowl of them.............

I made up a more interesting view than the one I actually have.

This is my final drawing, outlined with a fine pen before colouring. The bowl of Hyacinths has shrunk as they did seem massive in my sketch.


This is an imagination drawing. None of this actually exists except in my minds eye. It's a fun creative process adding details as they pop into my head.

The colouring can be a bit tricky, with no reference there are so many decisions I have to make as the drawing progresses. All the colours and where the shading should go need to be chosen as I go along. It's a slow process and this drawing was worked on over several days.

I went with red gingham curtains in the end..........


then I had an idea to copy the sky in my favourite Christmas card. I just love the night sky with some remaining daylight on the horizon. I added the moon by drawing round a button to get a perfect circle ..........



I included some pink in my sky as I love to see this phenomenon..........


My initial idea was to do a square drawing of just the windowsill and the wintry view through  the window, like this...........


But , having a rectangular page, I decided to add some more indoor detail below the window.........

A cosy chair to sit with your favourite pet and work with some soft yarn in the glow of a lamp is my idea of a perfect January day.

Of course I also need to get outdoors for a while, to  fill my lungs with fresh air and clear my head. In my drawing I've included a lady walking her dog......


So here is my finished January drawing. I'm sorry the photo of it isn't the best. It was a bit dark here by the time I had chance to take the pictures, but I couldn't wait to share it with you lovelies.

Ta-dah.......

You can click on any of the pictures to see them larger in a light box.

 I am super pleased with how it turned out . It's got many lovely things that make  winter more pleasant, like....

♥  feeding the birds
♥ getting wrapped up and having a walk in crunchy fresh snow
♥ coming home and  looking at a beautiful snowy scene from inside a warm house
♥ smelling the beautiful scent of Hyacinths
♥ enjoying a hot drink and a bit of cosy hooky time

 This drawing makes me smile, I hope it makes you smile too.

Jacquie x

46 comments:

  1. Amazing as always. So much detail and interesting things to look at!

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  2. I love your drawings, the everyday nature of them is superb. This one perfectly captures a January scene. Thank you for taking us through the stages, it reminded me of Paint Along with Nancy, which used to be on when I was a child. x

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  3. Really beautiful, inspiring.

    Lluisa x

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  4. Beautiful! Love all the little details :)

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  5. Your drawing is (as always!!) beautiful. I like all the little indoor details, and the way that you have included your granny square blanket! Your picture certainly looks cold outside and warm and snuggly inside. xx

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  6. So nice to see the different stages of your drawing. The end result is lovely!

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  7. What a beautifully cozy scene. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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  8. Lovely, it is your curtains that make it. They have the illusion of dividing the inside and the outside scene. A wonderful scene for all to admire. Jo x

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  9. Beautiful picture - I love the scene, you are really inspiring me
    Julie xxxxxxxxx

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  10. Jacquie, your drawing is beautiful and stunning. I love all you little details as they make the picture pop. Cold outside but cosy inside. Thank you for sharing.
    luv
    irene
    xxxx

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  11. Hola preciosa, hace tiempo que sigo tu blog.
    Tus dibujos son tan acojedores, que apetece quedarse en ellos.
    Un placer.

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  12. It's so beautiful, cosy and warm I do love seeing you're art work. One of my new year resolutions was to start doing some art and I finished my first drawing of my favourite view yesterday,
    Clare xx

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  13. It's wonderful, all of those lovely things are favourites of mine too. I'd love to curl up in the chair for a while and watch the world go by while I did a little crochet. Lovely.

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  14. Beautiful - you inspire me to have a go at drawing :)
    L.x.

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  15. it's just so lovely! warm and fuzzy lovely. And that little dog in his coat! Heather x

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  16. It's absolutely beautiful Jacquie ~ I love all the little details, especailly the crochet blanket, the yarn on the table with the ripple and the little dogs coat. Fabulous! :O)xx

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  17. I love seeing your drawings, I love all the detail in this one.
    Sally xxx

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  18. Oh my gosh....I just ADORE Your drawings!!!! They are just wonderful.....all I can think of is wallpaper.....fabric....children's books....I think the gingham curtains are almost my favorite!!!!
    Thanks so for showing your process.....I'm going to play with my drawing pad today!!!!

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  19. Love to see your drawings, wish I was that good...

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  20. I love your style of drawing.Nice to see the different stages and how the picture turned out in the end.
    I too remember watching Paint Along with Nancy, (Kominsky), I think. An American lady. She always started by dividing her canvas into a grid. Made it look easy.
    I am just finishing a little crocheted pink bunny made from your pattern,thank you. Its so cute!

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  21. Awwwwwww. :) The first thing I noticed was the bird station and blue birds. The drawing has made a wonderful start to my day. Thanks for sharing.

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  22. It's really beautiful. I love all the small details and I'm impressed with the imaginative aspect, you got everything right!

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  23. Congratulations, it is really beautiful and so realistic!

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  24. So beautiful! I love all the details, especially the kitty with the crochet work. It definitely made me smile :-)

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  25. It's really lovely. Better than many published illustrations I've seen.

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  26. Wow! That drawing just makes me happy looking at it - I can imagine the feelings of joy you must feel as you design and choose colours. You have such talent, but I also love the sense of carefree colouring in this picture, it's so inviting as well as being styled, do you know what I mean? Basically, I'm just wishing we could sit at my kitchen table and colour all morning... ;-) Chrissie x

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  27. It made me smile and feel nice and cozy. Thank you for sharing your lovely picture.

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  28. Another wonderful picture, Jacquie. I would love to sit on that chair, smell the hyacinths, with my crochet, watching the world go by. Perfect!

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  29. Thank you for sharing-it's a really lovely picture and I enjoyed seeing your creative process :-)

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  30. I love your work Jacquie. I just want to cozy up in that chair and read!

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  31. I think this might be my favourite one so far....when are you going to start selling them as cards and prints? :) xxxx

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  32. Your drawing is beautiful, I love the way you have managed to give the curtains 'movement'. Also so pleased to see little Tom Tit in the garden opposite!!! I agree with Tina, you should get them printed as cards. X

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  33. Your drawings are fabulous and, as someone who cannot draw or paint to save herself, I appreciate you talking through your process.

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  34. I am definitely smiling! If you posted only your drawings, I could be completely happy! Your ability to create a scene that doesn't exist is quite impressive to me. Thanks so much for sharing.

    Sharon in Alabama

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  35. Your art makes me smile. Love it. So much going on. :) You should make your own calendars! :)

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  36. It is very atmospheric - I just want to snuggle in that comfy chair, but I'd also like to be out in the frosty air! It's perfect!

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  37. Jacquie I love your art and I can see a big change in your techniques since I have been following your blog - they are beautiful pieces Jacquie and one day I hope you will sell some. A fab post as always Jacquie, always look forward to reading your posts. Big hugs to you
    Dorothy
    :-)xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  38. When I saw your first sketch, the curtains looked bare, without any folds. Then when you started shading, I could see the fold on the curtains. I think that is brilliant, that you shaded the checks in way to emphasize the folds. Also I love the light the lamp throws around. Something like the works of 'painter of light'. Great work Jacquie. Your drawings give me great delight. Thanks for sharing.

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  39. It definitely made me smile! How I wish I could draw, and colour! as you do. Utterly wonderful. Thank you for showing us.

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  40. It looks so cosy... And proper winter weather outside, maybe we get a bit of that later on...
    Love from Mirjam.

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  41. Such a perfect Winter scene Jacquie x

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  42. Oh, I like this a lot!! It seems like it would be in a storybook. I like the colors, sweet details, the indoor setting and the view outdoors. The indoors has all the cozy crafty things I love. Would be neat to see this for order as a card or print. I collected some single notecards from Catherine Holman folkart to send to friends and to just keep to look at. Alexine in Maryland

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  43. I adore your drawings...they are simple and detailed all at the same time!

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  44. Your drawing is beautiful ♡it made me smile :) I love your blog !

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