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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Summer Sketching...

For a change, this week I decided to share a summer sketchbook page with you instead of a painting. I just LOVE looking at other peoples sketches, but I rarely share my own...



There is something SO lovely about walking in Flip-Flops... feeling the air between your toes, the sunshine on your feet... ahh... bliss!

But I can't understand why they are called, Flip-FLOPS, when they should be called, Flip-FLAPS!
After all, the 'flip' sound, is most definitely followed by a 'flap' sound and not a 'flop'.
Ah well, I suppose it'll remain one of life's little mysteries...

Anyway... Poor photo's I'm afraid, but here are the stages it went through...

I always go straight in with pen because I have learned that I'm far too pedantic with a pencil!
So - basic outlines first...


Next, I darken some of the lines to make them appear more three dimensional...



A little base colour and shadow...



And now for some more colour...


And a little text to complete my page...



These sketches are fun to do and easy to squeeze in when time is limited :0)

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20 comments:

  1. I really like this and thank you because you've just reminded me to pack my sketch book for my epic 690 mile Road trip to London on Friday! I'm loving this flip flops too-very pretty! &You've also reminded me of another of my favourite (terrible) jokes -what do you call a French man in sandals? Philippe Phillop! I totally agree-I've been so happy to be able to walk barefoot on the beach the last couple of weeks instead of having to wear wellies-I think I should've been born in California!

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    1. Thanks Nic - And yes - that's an appalling joke!! But the kind I love - I still roll over when I ask people if I'm an orange, haha! They all think I am completely cuckoo!
      Yay! Glad to have inspired you! Hope you have a lovely trip - and you will need your flip-flops because it's hot, hot, hot here in the south! :0)

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  2. You should share your sketches more often, Sandra: they are so beautiful!
    I adore the flip-flops: in Italy we call them "infradito" (infra = between, dito = finger or toe) because they separate the big toe from the other toes... ;)

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    1. Thanks so much Cristina - yes, I should - I will!
      And now I have learned something I didn't know! :0)

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  3. I LOVE your flip flops, Sandra....beautifully sketched! I don't wear these.....the last time I did...I flipped and flopped badly!

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    1. Thanks so much Hilda - Yes, there is definitely an art to flip-flopping! :0)

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  4. You should move down here because then you could wear flip flops all years round... Fabulous drawing and painting and nice to see the steps you went through... Very cool

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    1. Thanks Tracey - rub it in why don't you!!!
      It's a luxury for us - if we are lucky and get a long summer like we are this year, then I live in them! :0)

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  5. Chère Sandra,
    Avec toi, les objets du quotidien deviennent des oeuvres d'art !
    Félicitations et bonne fin de semaine :)

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    1. Vous êtes si gentil Olivier, merci beaucoup! : 0)

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  6. Lovely sketch! Your drawing has come so far in the years I've known you, congratulations!!!!

    I agree they should be flip flaps. Did you know in Australia they are called thongs but jandals in New Zealand?

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    1. Thanks so much Sue!
      Yes, well I now I don't worry - I just 'do'! Makes a lot of difference :0)
      Thongs? Really? Hehe! :0)

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  7. What a gorgeous sketch, Sandra! I have no flipflop stories to share, I hate to wear them since I was a child. But these ones are beautiful with the flowers.

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    1. Thank you Judy!
      I used to be the same, they used to make my toes hurt - but they seem softer these days so I quite like them! And they are perfect to wear just after painting my toes :0)

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  8. Aah the flip flop or thongs as we Aussies call them. They are our main footwear, our staple if you will but then we don't have the rain and cold temps you do (he he). Love your drawing, you make it look so easy, thanks for showing the steps. You should do these more often, I learn heaps from you :)
    I've been and voted, hope you win. Have a great day.
    Von.

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    1. The fact that you call them thongs makes me laugh! Thongs over here are basically tiny knickers!! So, what do you call those then??? I can't imagine you would learn much from me, since you are very talented! But thank you - you have made my day :0)

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  9. Wonderful sketch and so cute and colorful! i love that you drew it including the page fold! and i voted...so glad i did it in time...and i got my newsletter!!! yea!!

    thank you too for your kind words on my blog. it feels so wonderful to want to work again. thank you for caring my friend. happy creating and good luck!

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    1. Thanks so much Suzanne for your vote - every single one counts, so it means a lot!
      I often include the fold - mainly because these days I find my A5 too small. I'll get a bigger one next time. And I'm glad you liked my newsletter too :0)

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  10. Sandra! So fresh and lovely! You have to show more sketches. Do you use a watercolour paper sketch pad or standard drawing paper? I love it! When I was a kid we used to call them thongs but that has become dated and now everyone seems to call them flip flops. And yes, now thongs mean the same thing here ; )

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  11. Thanks so much Kim - I'm glad you like it!
    This is watercolour on a Stillman & Birn Sketchbook - I can't remember if it's an Alpha or Delta, but either way, S&B are great for water based sketching :0)

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