"I begin with an idea ... and then it becomes something else"
~ Picasso

Sunday 2 May 2010

Playful pebbles

So sorry my blogging/commenting was very erratic during April but I'm back to showing a few more pebble sketchbook pages for anyone who loves pebbles like me

I find playing with pebbles so relaxing. These little samples are not perfect or anything - they are just me messing about with torn magazine images and watercolour pencils

I tore an image of different colour pebbles from a magazine and then played with extending the pebble shapes with my water colour pencils - blending and shading to match the pebble tones

Round pebbles shapes with the water colour pencils again - but using only three colours and blending them with water

Extending a pebble again with water colour pencils and white acrylic paint scratched into

And this is the edge of my sketchbook page with an image of a rusting boat on a shingle beach. I find this image restful

I will have more pebbles in the next post - probably monoprint samples

I won't be bringing the Erosion Bundles out again until I've finished my project/journal but just wanted to thank you all for your positive and uplifting comments about them. There has been a lot of interest in this project, not just in my bundles but the bundles of all the artists and the project in general. I'm really looking forward to the unveiling of the finished projects on 1st August

Have a good week ahead
Carolyn ♥


gerfiles said...

I especially like the big grey one (no big surprise... ;)

Jasmine said...

I love the grey and white pebble, half photo, half drawing xJ

Caterina Giglio said...

love these and the color palette is so serene! can't wait to see your mono prints!

Gloria Freshley Art and Design said...

The gray pebble is fabulous! Love the palettes of all of the pieces -- and the concept. Gloria

ArtPropelled said...

Love what you are doing here. Half and half.

Aileen Clarke Crafts said...

These are really clever Carolyn, especially the big gray one.It's like looking through glass.

Deborah Younglao, Silk Painter said...

Carolyn no need to apologize for absences - different things take priority at different times, that's all.

I love the feel of a smooth stone in my hand too. Very nice palette you're using for your pebble samples.

Sharne Gregory said...

I love your pebble work, its nice to see you back

Pom Pom said...

You have a great week, too! I love the pebbles. The colors and shapes are soothing.

Cathie said...

There comes the silent moment
I look back on the years,
The losses and the changes
That brought on all the tears.

My life's a single pebble
The tide takes from the beach,
Lost among the breakers
The shore is out of reach.

I drift so far from others,
My hope is out of hand,
And like that single pebble
Washed to a distant land,
I'm tossed back from the ocean
And lost among the sand.
(a poem by S.P. Cormier)

I like this poem because so often I feel like a single pebble "lost among the sand."

Jensters said...

I love the pebbles as i love anything to do with the sea.....great work going on here.

Anonymous said...

OOH, pebbles - what a lovely start to the week. You know how much I love them. Your sketchbook pebbles are very interesting. Look forward to more!...

Jensters said...

Thanks for you comment on my blog Carolyn i had to laugh as i would like my blog posts to be as long as your.....im off on holiday to lelant on Saturday coming....cant wait i love Cornwall as much as i love the sea xx

mano said...

yes! I love all the wonderful pebbles from the sea - an in your blog! I am glad that you are back and show us so beautiful pages of your sketchbook.


Hello Carolyn. I love your pebble works. The see through pebble is just gorgeous. You have lovely pebbles on your beaches in the UK. I like seeing your art it is so unique. Hugs Judy Thanks for visiting my blog it is always so nice to read your lovely comments. Hugs Judy

A bird in the hand said...

I like your pebbles very much. I would have never thought of sketching pebbles, but I really love your renditions.


libbyquilter said...

always delightful to see your work no matter what the subject Carolyn and this post is certainly no exception~!!~


layers said...

I too love pebbles and stones and art work that incorporates or springs from the inspiration of these organic objects.

Deborah said...

I love pebbles, too!