This is a postcard sized watercolour I’ve done for my friend Lizzie. It’s based on a photo she took on a mini-break with her boyfriend in Scotland (I’m not exactly sure where it is). I haven’t really used watercolours much, so this was a bit of an experiment. First I sketched the outline, then coloured it in using Faber Castell watercolour pencils, then washed over it with water and after it had dried, inked in the pencil lines. I quite like the effect, but think I need a bit more practice!
Present day my escape looks something like this:
My arm is slowly getting better (hence being able to type up this blog), but it gets tired so easily it limits the amount I can do everyday. So the plan is to draw/paint/type a little bit more each day to get it stronger, and me back to being a fully functioning human being again, instead of one who mostly just lies around watching Game of Thrones with my cats!
For a period of about 6 months (March – August) this year I did almost no drawing or painting because of the pain in my arms. I was still continuing to work, but having to dictate emails to an intern (who was absolutely lovely and put up with my mood swings and terrible frustration at not being able to do anything very well!) , and usually only working half days because it was so impossible for me to use a computer. After struggling along like this for what seemed like ages I decided to quit instead of just taking a few months unpaid leave. Possibly that was not the most sensible decision, but I just couldn’t face going back somewhere where I had been in so much pain and not exactly been the most chipper person in the office. I can’t count the number of times I ended up dashing out to go cry in the bathrooms, it was awful.
This drawing (of Bristol – where I spent a very happy 6 months living!) was the first thing I have been able to sketch in a long time. It took me a solid 2 hours, and then I couldn’t use my arm the rest of the day, it was so knackered.
After going through a somewhat traumatizing break-up, I picked up my paints for the first time in ages and did a copy of a card I’d bought in Greenwich market. It started badly (I did the island in the middle first), but I really like how the background turned out, and in a fit of enthusiasm I went out and bought another 5 canvases when I finished it which I have still yet to use!
After living in Hong Kong for a year or so I decided it was time to go back to the U.K. (for a variety of reasons none of which make any sense now). I got a job working for a large technology consulting firm which shall remain nameless but they did send you to Chicago for 2 weeks ‘training’ which was amazing.. (2010)
After doing my Msc at Imperial College, I started work in Hong Kong for an engineering consultancy firm. I did a number of drawings during this time (mostly of dragons which I am obsessed with) but the only painting I did was during Artjam in 2009.
I took Artjamming more seriously than most (Hugh’s Easter Island painting was hilarious), and quite like the final product: