View From My Window: London at Night

It’s nice to have an odd wander around London every now and then to see when we’ll end up, and it’s always nice to find a different view. This is a random view of some docks and the River Thames, against the Shard and the Tower London, which all look glowy and surreal at night – loved how the neon lights looked against this backdrop.

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Pencil & Mosaic Eyes Are Watching You

I’m not sure what I was thinking when I did this one, back in the day. I did each of these separately (the pencil drawing of the eye is part of a bigger picture which was actually a self-portrait that was not flattering). The mosaic was meant to be part of an inspired self-portrait too, but I ended up just trying to finish the darn thing the night before it was due in (Art coursework, those were the days!) so it ended up looking a bit like a grey Avatar-ish creature.

Still passed, though.

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Peacock Drawing Mondays

Like when your niece asks you to draw a peacock, and all you have is lined paper.

Luckily, I’ve noticed that I have a growing fascination with peacocks these days (among other animals!), so I’ve been doodling and drawing peacocks and peacock feathers here and there to see what works, not to mention working some peacock motifs into mehndi art.

This is the end result of the peacock I drew for my niece, which I thought could have been a lot worse 🙂

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Weekend Pretty…A Tealy London Skyline

Yes, I’ve edited this one, I’ll be honest, but I’m quite happy with what the end product is. I liked the colours of this London skyline because it reminded me of a watercolour painting, or perhaps a surreal old-style photography. I’ve emphasised the silhouette of the city skyline by darkening the buildings, and it’s nicely finished with the sun’s rays in the back ground and the different layers of blue and teal in the sky.

Although I think my favourite bit is the sparkling water which for some reason always catches my eye in sunny weather 🙂

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“Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision.” – Salvador Dalí

I’m quite a fan of Salvador Dali’s work, mainly because of the absolutely amazing detail of his dream-like paintings, and he is, after all, considered one of the lead thinkers of the Surrealism movement. I don’t really want to go too much into detail and  analyse his paintings too much, as there are plenty of expert opinions on this subject. Just wanted to pick out a detail of one of his most famous pieces, ‘The Persistence of Memory‘, which explores dreams, unreality and the fluidity of time. I liked the melting clocks in this piece, as it was a concept which is rich with meaning, showing how hard objects are shown as fluid and limp, and time itself becomes confusing. I explored this subject a few years ago when looking at Dali’s work, and tried to do a few imitations of my own of the famous clocks:


I then tried to incorporate the same fluidity and limpness into other solid objects to see the result of how they would ‘melt’:

Although not all of my attempts with different objects were successful, it was a good way of seeing how they may look if they were fluid. I also tried to use different media to see if this would influence the looks of the object. I like the last two the most, as these give a real ‘melted’ look and seem a bit more solid than the previous designs.

Dressing Table

 

A selection of pretty items found around the house, grouped together to make a picturesque ensemble.

In this piece I explored various medias and materials (watercolours, colouring pencils, sketch pencils, wax crayons and indian ink) to get different ranges of vivacity of colour and textures. There is a ‘shattered’ image background with repeated motifs enlargened in various places