Deep blue and orange is now a colour combination I wouldn't go for in any sartorial situation, but it makes for an interesting combination in a boat picture. Just blocking out the shapes and colours now, it's always fun to leave the bright orange to the last.
What else is there to do on a dreich February Saturday that really wants to be winter but can't quite get past 'the wet stuff with icy lumps' stage, other than stay inside in the warm and finish off a couple more North Berwick street views - one looking back along East Road towards the War Memorial, and the other a reworking of the first Quality Street drawing I did before Christmas, but at a larger size (so that I managed to fit in one of our tulip planters!). Perhaps one day the wee dug will get his fish supper.
Having so much fun doing these pen and inks that this is another view of the end of Quality Street that I have started. Turns out it is really hard to draw an octagonal object wonky and still have it looking like, well, an octagon. Squares and rectangles are easy!
It's only when you start to draw things (even in a stylised manner such as this) that you look at them properly - before now i hadn't even noticed that there was a unicorn at the top of the War Memorial.
These monochrome pen & ink drawings are so much fun to do. I have already tackled the view of Quality Street looking towards the harbour, this time we are looking in the opposite direction into the Lodge gardens. It's also a bit bigger than the first one I did. Terrible photo but the light had gone...
Here are two photos of Quality Street in "real life", for those of you who don't know North Berwick. Marred somewhat by wheelie bins and advertising boards, it boasts some fine buildings. The red building with the arched windows is known as The Beehive and until recently was the local council offices; whilst the North Berwick Fry is obviously one of NB's fine dining establishments.
Whilst blocking out a large sketch of a sweet pea in pastel yesterday (a favourite flower - the scent!) I found that a bulldog seemed to have emerged.
Also I'm working on another 'wonky' pen & ink view of Quality Street, just planning it out at the moment. On dull days working in black and white is easier than colour.