This morning I set out some options of surfaces to draw a new piece on. The choices were; wooden ring box, wooden chest, mini easel canvas. This would then add to the alternative small art gifts I offer.
When I go out I always carry my mobile phone with camera and sometimes I also have my digital SLR camera. Recently to make it easier to use my camera photos when at the studio I am backing up my photos from the camera SD card into my computer at home and then backing them up in my Google account for which I pay for additional storage. This then allows me to access Google photos using the WiFi in the shop/studio. My mobile phone photos are automatically set to back up to my Google photos account too. How cloud storage has helped to make photos from a range of sources more accessible.
So my choice was a mini easel canvas. I chose a photograph taken while descending into Prince Albert Gardens after visiting the new Prince Albert Memorial showing the amphitheatre, class pillars and the new flats at the Pierhead site.
I then start the piece using a very fine (0.05) size Staedtler pigment fineliner.
To ensure less bleed of colour I used he Posca paint markers size 1M – this offers me a more limited palette than the Winsor and Newton ProMarkers would but their nibs are not fine enough for some of the detail I want to include and as I said initially the colour will bleed more on the canvas surface.
Then I start to add colour, I did grass areas first as it starts to bring the picture to life.
Beige is used for the paths and stonework. Grey for the walls, road and rooftops – if more grey it would dominate such a small picture.
Once colour has been added I then added additional line work with a 0.1 and 0.3 pigment fineliners. Then title and signature on the reverse frame. A card label and the picture is ready to exhibit.
Then the job of letting people about it through social media posts and talking about it to visitors as my newest drawing so that people are aware of it.
One new £10 piece that will suit someone I hope and is a view that I will repeat in other formats I am sure as a base for several of the town’s festivals usually during the calendar year when lockdowns and gatherings aren’t discouraged.
Then as I have taken a series of process stage photos a work in progress / development video clip made in TikTok and also posted as an Instagram Reel.
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