Gets right on my mammaries that does. The only way to get sketchbooks with grey paper in is to buy a selection, which always has two or three colours you don’t want. Dark blue pastel paper has to be the coffee cream of the sketchbook chocolate box for me, no use for anything. Maybe somewhere there’s an artist who hates grey paper and loves the dark blue and we can organise some sort of unwanted paper exchange. But really, I’d prefer it if there was just a sketchbook with a good mid grey paper in it and nothing else.
I did try and dispense with paper entirely for the Braithwaite class, using only my new Samsung Galaxy tablet, but it took me twice as long as normal so I went back to paper in the end (moonstone, whatever that is. They were out of grey!). It’s good to have a go at something new though, even if you go back to paper in the end. The fundamentals of drawing are the same, whether it’s with a Japanese brush and sumi ink, or a Korean touch sensitive computer screen, but using something that forces your hands to work in a different way forces your brain and eyes to work harder I think. However, the results weren’t too good this time, I’ll keep at it.
Vine and Roses evening classes are starting again soon, from April 3rd up to October 30th. Knowing Kate, that last one will probably involve a model in glow in the dark body paint bobbing for apples in the dark. They’re a bit faster and more adventurous than most of the other artists’ groups and well worth attending. Plus there’s wine sometimes.