Wednesday, 27 August 2014


Whats on my work desk?....... Well not a lot.

I have been doing some citra solv papers, which I posted about here, and what you can see here is an idea I was just playing around with.  Its a doodle on some scrap paper and a piece of citra solv paper. You can't even call it a WIP because it is just paper laid on top of a doodle face but I managed to get a picture of it which I quite like.

I think I will work on this idea and create something that is more presentable.

Here is a little doodle girl that I did in charcoal pencil.

This little doodle was inspired by a photo of a young cotton mill worker I saw in a documentary called 'The Real Mill' about Quarry Bank Mill in Cheshire England. Which is the mill featured in the wonderful television drama The Mill.
I think the use of the charcoal pencil really evokes the feeling of the industrial age in Victorian England. I have been looking at photos from that era and carrying on from an earlier post about my ancestors working in the tin mines in Cornwall  I feel drawn and inspired by them and hope to use their influence in some of my future artwork.

Thanks to all who have taken the time to leave comments here recently and thank you for visiting.x

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  1. I love your beautiful charcoal drawing - it's so sombre yet delicate - I have been watching the Mill and it really is an eye opener as to how people lived and worked in those days. You've caught the mood wonderfully and I'm really looking forward to seeing how your own ancestry will be influencing your work - I've done a lot of art work around my family trees, especially in the Brooklyn Sketchbook project, and I love the feeling of connection you can get with a piece because of it. So glad your citrasolv work went well - you've got some beautiful results and I love the photo of the 'not quite a WIP' piece! Thanks for visiting my desk this morning, I hope you have a great week.
    Diana x

  2. I am not familiar with the first type of art, but it looks cool. Your charcoal drawing is lovely. Using charcoal as you did really gave it a period feel. That documentary sounds very interesting. Winnie#35

  3. I am interested to see how you progress with the technique and love your little charcoal girl.
    Have a great week and happy crafting, Angela x 34

  4. I can’t say it enough….I just love your girls!!! ♥♥♥

  5. I had a look at your post with the citra solv and it's really interesting. You get a fabulous effect. Love you doodle with the extra bits, the hair looks great. Love the charcoal drawing, just found out about charcoal pencils last week, sure beats getting covered in black charcoal. Have a great week,
    Von #15

  6. Your charcoal pencil sketch is great and as you say evokes the industrial feel to the era. We have the Mill series recorded but haven't had a chance to watch them yet.
    I've never heard of some of the terms and techniques that you use but can see they give fantastic results.
    Great work!
    Happy WOYWW Neesie #43

  7. The char ole girl is captivating. Thank you for the visit. Robin # 73

  8. Happy WOYWW and thanks for visiting my craft room, mostly packed now. I think the citra solv piece looks cool on the girl sketch, hope you keep working on it. Sweet charcoal sketch too. Cheers RobynO#24

  9. I love your young mill worker, she speaks across the decades. I must get to Quarry Bank Mill one day :-)
    Hugs from a very late LLJ XX