Like most people who enjoy a talent, I drew from a young age. In fact, you would often find me and my sister drawing away on scraps of paper on the living room floor.
This is the only surviving painting of my youth. A ‘Calvin & Hobbes’ freak, I copied the cover to the best volume, Something Under The Bed Is Drooling. Cheap watercolours, cheap paper, an acetate grid and it has survived, at my best guess, 27 years.
At home with my children, I completed a degree through the Open University and gained a First Class BA (Hons) in English Language and Literature which would be quite a surprise to my secondary school English teachers who saw me quit Higher English because I couldn’t be bothered to read Catcher in the Rye. Great book. The first year of my OU degree brought me back to Art and very slowly I came round to the idea of it again. In the last wee while I have been reading, practising, and unleashing my pencils again.
I prefer to stick to graphite and coloured pencil because, at heart, I am extremely controlling (this won’t be a surprise to anyone unfortunate enough to know me) and the medium suits my need for detail and control. Give me paint and I embarrass myself. I am not creatively wild and free. While I still primarily use coloured pencils, lately I have been moving towards different art forms and having fun with them.
Anyway, this blog is an attempt to walk on the wild side. Relax those reins. But I’m all mouth, after all, I control the blog and what gets published. Let’s pretend eh?
You’ll also find my thoughts about materials and media under some of the pages. I hope they help in small some way.
If you would like to contact me, there are various ways to do so. You can leave a comment under any post here at SalemSkye and as long as it doesn’t look like spam, it will be read and replied to with appreciation. You can find me on Facebook and Twitter. Any comment, request, commission – or if you just want to chat about coloured pencils and art – then I would absolutely love to hear from you.
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