Shades or into the darkness

I am feeling rather blue lately. I have recently lost 2 of the most important people in my life at the same time and I don’t really think I will ever be able to get over it. I didn’t really have a proper time to “mourn” my loss either. Everything had happened so quickly, and as the oldest of 12 grandchildren, I felt it wouldn’t help matters by crying. I am after all, a grown woman and the younger ones needed more help than I did. Why do I even think this way?! Sometimes even I, frustrate myself. Anyway, I’ve been in the mood lately for darker backgrounds and picked myself up a black sketchbook. I was mucking around with coloured pencils and this is the result:

It was a fun quick drawing. Granted its not a masterwork, but I like the feel and the idea so much, that I am sure I will use it again on a sturdier support , maybe wood panel or canvas…or velvet haha! I also spent most of the weekend working on my latest painting, Leda and the Swan so here is also an update on its progress:

I am off now to spend some time with Mr. K. who is pining away for me on our couch as I write. Never take your loved ones for granted. Never. Until next time dear guests, have a great week and see you here soon.

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12 thoughts on “Shades or into the darkness

      1. Hi Scritch! Nice to see you here 🙂 Yes I painted the background blue first – a layer of gesso, and then a layer of translucent acrylic colour. Love your blog by the way. I usually work and think from background to foreground.

    1. Hey Fred, its actually a multi-purpose scrapbooking type of book using smooth photo board. Its recommended for pastel too, but I found out that regular colour pencils works mighty fine with it.

  1. Both terrific! So sorry you have had some rough times recently. The way you worked that ghost of a girl and her pet is really lovely, especially the hair. The painting is looking really great, too.

    1. Thank you for your kindness Cindy D. and thanks for dropping by! I started to have stories whirling about in my head when I was working on that black background. Hopefully it results into something.

  2. Hello– The Leda picture is turning out very beautifully, but I like both ❤
    I'm sad to hear that you are not feeling well lately, but of course, it's perfectly understandable.
    You're a grown woman maybe, but you don't have to be strong all the time… :<
    Quietly here, if you need me ❤ ❤ ❤

  3. So sorry for your loss!
    The black sketchbook drawing is great! I’d never seen one of those either. And I see Leda has come along way since I commented on her last week! Still captivating!

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