Monday musings

After all, what else is there to do on Mondays, except muse.

I’m feeling very centred lately.  I think this is because of the amount of time I’ve spent outdoors.  Potting up plants, watering them, seeing the garden come to life in the sunshine has revived me I think.  I wasn’t aware I needed reviving – but I think being busy outdoors does that to a person.

I’m still loving the paintings I posted last week , which is a good thing, as often if I love something right away, I can quickly un-love it!

Sunday evening my husband and I headed up into the hills where we live. Its a designated area of outstanding natural beauty, with great 360 degree views.  Out of nowhere a large herd of wild horses stampeded past us into the sunset – it was like a western!

I’ve never been in such a state of awe and fear – it was just magical ! We didn’t linger though, as there wasn’t so much as a tree to hide behind if they took off again.

Today has been back to work:  spending a bit of time making frames for my upcoming release of original paintings (yeyyy!), sketching out some landscape compositions and even a spot of painting – all in the garden of course.

Landscape sketches - from the sketchbook of Vicki Hutchins
Landscape value studies.  The top two are fleeting glimpses of a view whilst travelling in the car, whilst the bottom two were more detailed because I walked the area, and took photos.  
On the easel - artist Vicki Hutchins
Cheats plein air!  Outside yes,  but painting from studies.  

19 thoughts on “Monday musings

  1. Margaret Parker Brown May 16, 2016 / 4:27 pm

    What a neat idea to use color in value sketches….maybe that would enthuse me more about the activity. I always want to get to the painting and bypass the sketches….in actuality I always bypass the sketches! You are inspired! that is always a plus and good segue into the good stuff. 🙂

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    • vickihutchinsartist May 17, 2016 / 9:19 pm

      I really like monochromatic work – like lino cuts and things, so I thought I’d give my prep sketches the same treatment. Usually I just use black and grey marker pens – which actually are more useful for value studies! Sometimes I get away with not doing value sketches, but mostly I just find them so useful as I’m also looking for composition, focus points and movement through the piece.

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      • Margaret Parker Brown May 18, 2016 / 1:40 am

        I need to start training myself to do value sketches, I always hop to the fun stuff! I admire that fact that you do the sketches. I have markers but get so darn impatient.


    • vickihutchinsartist May 17, 2016 / 9:20 pm

      Thank you! I love doing these – though these are quite big, usually I do them a bit smaller but I started a brand new sketch book and got all precious about having the first page nice! Which is so not the point of sketchbooks!

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      • Moon in Capricorn May 17, 2016 / 11:28 pm

        LOL, right about the sketchbooks. I love mine. It’s so much fun for me to look back at my first sketchbook from last summer. I can remember drawing each and every image. All the thoughts and feelings come back to me. Those first “beginner” sketches are so precious to me now. When I started drawing there was no way I could have a “nice” sketchbook, so I never had that “first-page” fixation with art…but I used to be that way with my hand-written journals. I’d actually feel relieved when I made my first mistake (I always kept my journals in ink) because then I no longer to worry about it. Creativity has its quirks…LOL.

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  2. REcreate-RebeccaEvansCreate May 16, 2016 / 5:46 pm

    Oh how wonderful, outdoor painting, I have not managed that yet this year, still work and only evenings or weekends for painting….roll on summer holidays, not that I have booked time off yet. Love your value sketches, I usually start my oils this way and build layers around that, so valuable!!

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    • vickihutchinsartist May 17, 2016 / 9:22 pm

      I agree, I can’t get away with not doing them very often. Roll on the longer evenings – hope to capture some sunsets….I do sometimes do a full on plein air expedition but I really struggle with glare – my eyes just water and water and the whole things a wash out!

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      • REcreate-RebeccaEvansCreate May 19, 2016 / 6:26 am

        I must admit that happens to me when I just set up to paint outside, even if it is from a photo. Some of my large pieces are done in the summer, as it is safer to do the backgrounds and base layer over grass, rather than the living room floor….too big for my desk, and the easel is not all that stable. When you walk back in the house, my eyes can’t see, it’s so dark!! Lol

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  3. debiriley May 16, 2016 / 7:36 pm

    I love those sketches! superbly done!! 🙂 wish I could have seen the wild horses 🙂

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  4. lindywhitton May 17, 2016 / 12:33 pm

    I love the colours in your paint pans!

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    • vickihutchinsartist May 17, 2016 / 9:26 pm

      That’s my gouache travel kit, which I thought was quite pricey and hardly use! Gah!


  5. Laura (Createarteveryday) May 17, 2016 / 12:36 pm

    Vicki, I love visiting here because I always come away inspired. I’m glad you’re doing things that make you feel centered. I’ve been looking for this all my life and never get beyond a glimpse lol. Your work is so beautiful and I love the story you told, I felt swept away with it. You are so lucky to live in the UK. If Trump gets elected, I just may show up I with a few brushes and some paper and camp out in your yard lol! 💜💜💜

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    • vickihutchinsartist May 17, 2016 / 9:31 pm

      Hi Laura – make no mistake, the centred feeling didn’t last! Today has been a trying day, not felt terribly zen at all! Oh my gosh, I never feel qualified to comment on US politics, but that Trump guy – he’s like a cartoon character. Mind you, we had Boris! It’s so kind of you to say such nice things about my work! Thank you so much!

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      • Laura (Createarteveryday) May 17, 2016 / 11:02 pm

        I love what you’re doing! My pleasure. I would fling you some centered-ness, if I had any to fling myself! 😀

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  6. Jill Kuhn May 18, 2016 / 2:00 am

    I read your comment about sketchbooks and I learned from Cat Bennett that when you get a new sketchbook, you mark a few pages up so then it doesn’t feel so precious. This has really helped me. And when I land on a page with a mark on it, sometimes it influences my drawings. 🙂 Enjoyed seeing your art journal. Your sketches are beautiful. I imagine seeing those wild horses must have been such a surprise! 🙂


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