Playing ball in the cold

Playing ball in the cold

As you can see, this is just the start for this – a quick (or slow) sketch of my daughter holding a pink ball in our garden. It was a cold day, chilly and fresh, and she really wanted to play in the garden so we wrapped up and went out for some playtime. How blessed I am to have time to spend with my children and to have such wonderful children to spend time with. Paintings or sketches like this are to me like a diary of memories. I hope to do a larger scale version of this once I’ve a few more trial sketches done – it is too hard to get the detail I want on such a small scale (the pad is smaller than A4).

The challenge in this is to get the wall not to take over – being the darkest part it draws itself forward, where I want it to be very much in the background. I will finish this version,  but in the next sketch I think the right thing to do will be to use far more soft grey as it is here in the parts of the wall not fully painted. For the grass I thing the best thing will be areas of green without detail, and just in the foreground define the actual blades of grass. Here the definition I thought would work is really just creating a scene where there is too much going on and the figure is sort of lost in the mix, only drawn forward by the contrast in colours. Still, when I look at it myself I am back there hearing her call to me to catch the ball, so it works on that front anyhow!

Little girl holding balloon drawing

Young girl with a balloon

 

 

This sketch is of my daughter, with a different angle to usual – I naturally am mostly drawing faces but with this she had her back turned and was lit from the opposite side – I was facing the light. I drew the balloon in negative space as it was a more dramatic aspect, and allowed for the lightness of the balloon to be conveyed also.

It is a sketch that was meant to be a few second rough to paint from later, but as happens to me so often I ended up spending longer and longer building it up. I do still hope to paint it at some point. Time will tell if I ever get around to that. For now at least I have this sketch to remember the moment.

 

Ashford Castle

Getting started – Ashford Castle

I am just getting going on a new picture of Ashford Castle up the road from me in Cong. It reminds me of mechanical drawing back in secondary school trying to get all the proportions right. I hope this one works out – I’ve tried drawing the castle a number of times but none have worked too well. Naturally, I’ll be posting more as I go along. Fingers crossed.

Ashford Castle

Shrimp by Andy Madigan

Something fishy

I am doing a lot of sea related drawings at the moment. MY daughter loves fish, and the aquarium in Galway is her favorite pace right now, so I plan on doing some sea related murals on her bedroom furniture. First off I need a load of source material to work from.

And for that reason I give you – the shrimp!

Shrimp by Andy Madigan

 

Clifden, County Galway, Ireland

Clifden – almost done!

Clifden, County Galway, Ireland

I have worked on some more with this drawing, and now have just the water and the sky to go. You’ll notice that I have started the water, but have a lot of detailed work to complete there. Water can be monotonous and it is important that I take my time – it is not the easiest thing to draw.

For the sky I have the option of leaving it blank or filling in the cloudy sky. It is a hard decision – the white really emphasizes the curve of the hill to the left. I think I will wait until the water is finished and decide then.

I also added a solid line border. This is a format I’ve been working with for a while in my Galway/Mayo landscapes as I intend to put together a set.  I actually forgot on my last drawing of Cloughanower castle. Oops!