Colour and shape

It’s  been a while since I did any drawing of any sort, but today I felt inspired by a river I’m sitting by, and decided to use some chalk pastel colouring pencils to try to capture some of the different colours I could see in the water. 

I’m a bit disappointed that the white doesn’t show up on top as much as I wanted, and that in blending the other colours I ended up filling in more of the naturally white areas than I’d planned. But it was relaxing and calming just alternating my gaze between the flowing river and my paper. 

After I took the above photos to post on  here I suddenly wondered if I could add the gate on top using a fineliner pen. I looked at the shapes  on the gate and enjoyed following the swirls and going over them to make them a bit thicker. After I started I realised I hadn’t got the angle of the left hand gate right, but decided not to worry about it and just relaxed into adding shapes. 

I know it won’t win any prizes for accuracy, but i really enjoyed relaxing by studying this view and trying to capture aspects of it that I might otherwise overlook. It’s exciting at the moment to be working with some colour schemes that are not usually my colours of preference, but discovering that I’m enjoying them and their effects. 

In the end, whilst it looks a bit odd in the middle of the paper, I quite like the zoomed in view of my picture. 


6 thoughts on “Colour and shape”

  1. I think it’s lovely because it really is all about the experience. The drawing, the colors, the relaxing, the inspiration, the swirls of the gate, the sound of the water flowing, the smell of the grass and moist earth, the sound of the breeze blowing and the birds singing. I think you captured all of that in the drawing and in the way you described the process in your post. 🙂


    1. Thank you. I’m glad that I’m able to focus on the process and enjoy that even if I’m not always thrilled with my results. I. Like the sense of connection you get with something when you focus on it and really study it

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  2. It’s lovely, Julia 😊 I love how you drew inspiration from your surroundings, and managed to put your experience and feelings on paper 😍 And you will always remember the way you felt, every time you look at it. 🙂


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