Monday, 7 October 2013

Book news, a painting in progress.... and a quick sketch.

Good morning friends!

I've been a bit lax on the painting and blogging front this week... with a good reason. I've been making the final changes to my novel, All in the Leaves! It will be going off to the publisher this week - and should be out for sale by the end of the month!
It's very exciting.

So, what I have to show you this week is a work in progress and a quick sketch I made as I was waiting for the sky wash to dry.
The work in progress was inspired by a favourite poem of mine, by G.K. Chesterton, called The Donkey. You can read the poem HERE

In these four quick sketches, I worked out my placements for all the parts, so it would feel like a cohesive painting.


Having decided on number two, I drew the picture and started on the washes; painting the sky, the mountains, the blood red moon, the river and the first layer on the field,
then I painted the figs on thorn, some reflections, the colours on the fish, and some of the background trees.


Here's the quick sketch I made whilst waiting for the sky to dry:


The painting has been left at this point, because the novel took over - I'll show you the rest of the stages next week, because I should get to finish it on the second half of this week.

From next week, I should have time to visit your blogs- and I am so looking forward to that relaxation and enjoyment. I never knew how much time and energy writing, editing and polishing a book would take. I don't regret it, but would like a few more hours in each day!
Hope you have a good week.

18 comments:

  1. Very nice. I always like seeing the different stages of your work.

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    1. Thanks Ann. You'll see a few more with this one :)

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  2. Hi Pat
    So you've written a novella. How wonderful. I wish you a lot of success.
    Your paintings are beautiful as always.
    Elsbeth

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    1. Hi Elsbeth - a full length novel, no less. 100k words. Thanks for the compliment on my paintings. xx

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  3. Lovely work Pat! Good luck with the publisher!! :0)

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    1. Thanks Sandra. Will let you know what happens. xx

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  4. Good work on the book!
    I can't wait to read it.

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    1. Thanks, Maywyn. Not long now!

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  5. Pat, you sound very happy in your busyness. The donkey looks intriguing - hope you have time to work on it soon. And BEST of LUCK with your book!!!
    Kathryn XX

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    1. I am happy being busy, Kathryn, but this seems over-busy. I've got to get this week out of the way, then I can relax a little more and get back to visiting blogs. I miss it when I don't visit.

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  6. Like how you have worked out the placements Pat and look forward to seeing your finished painting :)

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    1. Thanks, Ann! Next week, for sure!

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  7. Looking forward to reading your next book! :D

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    1. Thanks, Robin. There's not long to wait now.

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  8. Good drawings, especially the landscape. Happy week, Arianna!

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  9. Good luck with the book, Pat! I like these drawings.

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  10. Pat - thank you so much for sharing your thought process and planning of your painting (I need to do more of this-you inspire me). Also your drawing is wonderful. Sometimes graphite or black and white can say so much! I am excited for you about your book - good luck and have a blessed day.

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  11. Great WIP, you chose the best composition, I think. And the drawing is fabulous! Good luck with the last changes of your book!

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