bit of a squeeze…

studio still life, digital photo © Mari French 2012

studio still life, digital photo © Mari French 2012

Sparked off by a recent post on my artist friend Elaine Phipps’ blog, my fascination (ie. nosiness) with the interiors of other artists’ working studios (especially small ones), once again reared its head…

how do other artists use the space…? what do other artists read…? what materials do other artists use…? what do other artists do for storage…?

…or is it just me?

This led to my ‘wandering’ about with my camera in my own studio yesterday (although it’s too small for wandering, more like stumbling from one corner to another)…

So here are a few corners from my studio…

Don’t forget to check out Elaine’s then perhaps show me some of yours?

studio still life, digital photo © Mari French 2012

studio still life, digital photo © Mari French 2012

studio still life, digital photo © Mari French 2012

studio still life, digital photo © Mari French 2012

studio, digital photo © Mari French 2012

studio, digital photo © Mari French 2012

studio, digital photo © Mari French 2012

studio, digital photo © Mari French 2012

studio, digital photo © Mari French 2012

studio, digital photo © Mari French 2012

studio, digital photo © Mari French 2012

studio, digital photo © Mari French 2012

studio, digital photo © Mari French 2012

studio, digital photo © Mari French 2012

studio, digital photo © Mari French 2012

studio, digital photo © Mari French 2012

moorland textures…

Lower Bridestones, Sleights Moor © Mari French 2012

Lower Bridestones, Sleights Moor © Mari French 2012

I recently spend time happily chasing ink around the pages of my new Moleskine watercolour sketch book up on the windswept moorlands of the North York Moors…

Bridestone, North York Moors © Mari French 2012

Bridestone, North York Moors © Mari French 2012

…perched in cold wind, bright sun, or under lowering black rainclouds – among some of the many local standing stones (called ‘Bridestones’).

sketchbook © Mari French 2012

sketchbook © Mari French 2012

I was using the tissue and acrylic ink technique I’ve been experimenting with over the last year, and in my outdoors sketching it works surprisingly well…

… it is so much more intense than watercolour (which I still use – sometimes in conjunction with the ink), with the advantage of being waterproof when dry. I only tend to use two or three colours, depending on the subject in front of me…

Bridestone, Sleights Moor © Mari French 2012

Bridestone, Sleights Moor © Mari French 2012

… I just love the way the colours bleed and flow, running into the tissue creases (where used). For me it’s the perfect technique for rapidly capturing the texture, colour and moodiness of light on the North York Moors.

Rain, Sleights Moor © Mari French 2012

Rain, Sleights Moor © Mari French 2012

Rain, Rosedale Moor © Mari French 2012

Rain, Rosedale Moor © Mari French 2012

Peat cuttings, Rosedale Moor © Mari French 2012

Peat cuttings, Rosedale Moor © Mari French 2012

Above Rosedale Moor, North York Moors © Mari French 2012

Above Rosedale Moor, North York Moors © Mari French 2012

Venice … flower of stone

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I’ve always been a little sceptical of the claim that it’s possible to fall in love with a city… until my first visit to Venice back in May 2012… … a week spent mainly in the Canareggio district where most … Continue reading