Tuesday, 31 December 2013

038 Sweet - monotype and pastel

As a week of sweetie drawing draws to close, so does the year. Happy new year to you all!


Sunday, 29 December 2013

Saturday, 28 December 2013

035 Sweet #4

I hope you find these colours as hideously alluring as I do....

Friday, 27 December 2013

034 Sweet #3

Loving these little drawings so much this feels like a little break for me! A Norwich City themed one today.

Thursday, 26 December 2013

033 Sweet #2 - montpype and pastel

Not sure how many more of these sweetie pictures I will do but rest assured there will be a few, I may do these for the rest of the year. Merry Boxing Day :).

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

032 a Murano Inspired Sweet - monotype and pastel

I have been inspired by some murano glass sweeties and a Wayne Theibauld book of hand coloured prints, some of garishly coloured sweets. Also, a  Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

031 Christmas Tree - mono print

Merry Christmas to you all! Please accept today's print of a Christmas tree as my christmas card to each and everyone of you x

Monday, 23 December 2013

030 Shopping trolley

We went christmas supermarket shopping this morning hence today's drawing of a trolley. In red to evoke the passions that run high during such events. I managed to maintain an oasis of calm around me, mostly, and got out with my life, and booze and twiglets.

I like he way it is slipping off the bottom of the paper just like one of those runaway trolleys.

Sunday, 22 December 2013

029 Chicken - mono print

I used yesterday's drawings as a basis for a load of mono prints. I think this is the best one, it's so tricky to choose one but I have, and this is it. I chose this one because of how quick it looks, it was a quick draw, and it has the feel of a Chinese brush painting. I also like the accidental black splodge that the chicken is looking at or is it shadow... I have a rediscovered love of mono printing! 

Saturday, 21 December 2013

028 Chickens

I am fortunate enough to be able to see our chickens from the studio window, so I was able to do a few quick sketches without going out into the damp and cold.

Friday, 20 December 2013

027 Tools - mono prints

I can't talk about what I have been making today but I can show you some of the tools I was using a saw, a power drill, a flat head screwdriver and a hammer.

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

025 Chicken - Linoprint

I have actuLly used off cuts from the kitchen floor to make this 'lino' print. Rubber floor print just doesn't sound right. Anyway here is one of our chickens. Ironically it's a white one.

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

024 Chicken - mono print

A quick monoprinted chicken for this evenings daily picture. To celebrate thier winter egg laying powers, go chickens! Custard for Christmas!

Monday, 16 December 2013

023 Ukulele Side Bender form - white pencil on printing ink

I did a bit of printing yesterday and used this piece of paper to roll off excess ink. Today I have removed this part from my ukulele side bender to remake and now have combined the two things to create this cheeky little drawing.

Sunday, 15 December 2013

022 Ukulele - mono print

I had some fun doing some mono printing this afternoon, fun because my technique needs some work. This was the pick of the day.

Saturday, 14 December 2013

021 My Left Hand - pencil

I heartily recommend this drawing excercise to anyone who wants to improve their drawing. Set yourself up so that you can see your left hand but not the paper you are about to draw on. Then spend a bit of time looking at your left hand. Really looking. No really really looking. Now start to draw a line. While still looking at your hand and not the drawing. As you trace your eyes along the creases and folds of your hand draw exactly what you see, without looking. When you feel you have finished stop and look at your drawing. Now do at least one every day for a week. I guarantee you will get better. Go on I dare you. When you have done that, do the same but use your non dominant hand.

Friday, 13 December 2013

020 Mince pie tin - graphite stick

Oh how I love mince pie season. Everything in moderation though, one year I ate so many I didn't want to eat any for a few christmasses. I'm being very careful and regulating my intake these days, I only have them with a mug of tea or coffee. But there are no rules about how much tea or coffee I should drink, maybe there should be....

Thursday, 12 December 2013

019 Sweet Dumpling Squash with egg and pine needles

I have now completed a week of squash pictures. This one in an old mastery type style features some extra elements. The egg is the first egg from one of our chickens and the pine needles from our christmas tree that we collected today. I do enjoy it when my day spits out subject matter!

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

018 Sweet Dumpling Squash - oil

I might have just invented a new art movement - pastel fauvism. I've used a lot of green to describe the squash so I banned green for today's painting. This is what happened.

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

017 Sweet Dumpling - oil

Ahhhh back on the oil paint, possibly where I feel most comfortable, apart from maybe my bed....

Haven't decided whether to squeeze another squash picture out tomorrow or find a new victim/subject

Monday, 9 December 2013

016 Sweet Dumpling Squash - watercolour

Today's journey into the squash is in watercolour, haven't used watercolour since year two of this project. The painting nearly lost cohesion but I think I managed to pull it back in! 

Sunday, 8 December 2013

015 Sweet Dumpling Squash - pen and ink

Today's investigation of the sweet dumpling squash is pen and ink, I have done done seven drawings today each one getting simpler and simpler until this one which is really an exploration of the shape. Which I expect will serve me well over the next few days as I make more squash pictures.

Saturday, 7 December 2013

014 Sweet Dumpling - lino print

Today's investigation of the sweet dumpling butternut squash is through the medium of the Lino print. The squash is seen from below showing off its wonderful stripes. Like a big healthy green humbug!

Friday, 6 December 2013

013 Sweet Dumpling Squash - charcoal and electric rubber

We have an amazing crop of these squashes from the garden. Subsequently squash is what we are eating a lot at the minute so what a great thing to celebrate by spending a bit more time on it and using a few different media over the next few days. Today charcoal tomorrow oil or maybe more Lino or fresco or light projection.... We shall see. I am thoroughly enjoying the freedom that this year is offering me already and I am not even two weeks in!

And oh yes an electric rubber. Or electric eraser for my American friends it's a pen like thing with a whizzy rubber end that spins around so you almost write with it like a negative pencil! See how I have signed and numbered with the electric spinny rubbery eraser thing. 

Thursday, 5 December 2013

012 Morandi Transcription - Lino print

I don't make prints very often but I enjoy it when I do, this was particularly good fun as I also framed this little Morandi original that I got for my birthday this year. What a great opportunity to make my own version of his exquisite little collection of bottles and vases. I used Lino because it is quick and I have all of the stuff in my studio plus I can make it start to finish very quickly so it suits daily doing very well. But no, I am not planning a year of Lino cuts anytime soon, I couldn't afford the massage and chiropractic bills.

This is mine

This is mine with Giorgio Morandi's

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

011 Allsort with Pins - oil on linen

This little motif was in last years big painting, I thought as I have been taking stock of this project it might be interesting to revisit some of the ideas touched upon in the other years of Dan Young, Daily. 

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

010 Red (not very hot) Chilli Pepper - sharpie marker and pencil

My show came down today, a little sad. It was really interesting to take stock of the last five years and talk to a lots of people about my daily paintings. So a big ole thanks to everyone who came along to find out what I've been up to for the last five years and I am really pleased how much everyone seemed to like it. Especially the little girl who was all but running around the gallery identifying the subjects of the pictures. I'm looking forward to a good lie in tomorrow and getting on with some more daily paintings! Here's to the next five years... 

Monday, 2 December 2013

009 Eagle Star building - sharpie marker

This is he tallest building in Cheltenham, there are regular abseiling charity events that happen from the top. Not with me I hasten to add. I can just see it from the gardens gallery so I drew it. That's the kind of guy I am. See it. Draw it. Don't abseil down it.

Sunday, 1 December 2013

008 Balloon Boy - sharpie marker and watercolour

The was an inordinate amount of small children walking past the gallery with white balloons this today, it turned out they were from a cleaning company or something equally mundane (the balloons not the children). However, this little chappie had a red one and being the odd one I felt a strange compunction to do a quick blind pen sketch (called blind because I look at he subject but not at the drawing, not that I close my eyes!) and I got to use red paint. I never found out where the red one came from, somewhere really good, I expect.

Saturday, 30 November 2013

007 Bandstand - digital drawing

I have talked to a lot to people this week about my ipad drawings so it seemed like a good opportunity to try something with the ipad a little different. I have tried to recreate a pen and wash way of working to draw the bandstand opposite the Gallery I am showing in this week. 


Drop me an email if you are interested in a print of this one dan@danyoungart.co.uk I will produce seven prints as it is day seven of this years dailies!  

Friday, 29 November 2013

006 Bandstand

I have been invigilating (lovely word) my show today and there is a wonderful old bandstand opposite the gallery. So, naturally I have done this little watercolour sketch. I might do an oil painting of it over the next few days while I am in the gallery or maybe a pen and ink... I haven't used pen and ink for ages

Thursday, 28 November 2013

005 Red Dot - watercolour

I have had a wonderful evening talking to loads of people at the private view of my show 'Dan Young, Daily - 5 Years & Counting' it seemed to go down very well, lots of really lovely things were said about it all. I saw a few old friends and some new ones and even sold a few pictures, hence today's painting of the 'sold' dot. The red dot also has the added advantage of being relatively easy to create, I am really rather plum tuckered. But it has reminded me of a story about the rennassaince artist Duccio discovering a young Giotto drawing perfect circles in the sand. 

My best circles often tend to have a slight bulge on the upper right quadrant, I bet Giottos didn't.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

004 Display board - pencil

I have been hanging my '5 years & Counting' exhibition today, if you are in the cotswold area do pop in to cheltenham and say hello! More info if you click the banner above. Todays offering is a tired and purposefully crude, yet love-able, drawing of one of the moveable walls in the Gardens Gallery. It holds the framed list I used on the #paintathon day that I held on the 1000th day of this project. Private view tomorrow evening love to see you all there, yes even you lot in Latvia.

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

003 Stack of Paintings - watercolour and pencil

I have spent all afternoon numbering the paintings from year two, the watercolours, and constantly reminding myself to number them as I go in the future. I thought I would do a painting in the style of the second year of Dan Young, Daily and bring out my watercolours. This is a stack of the small size from that year with the humbug picture on the top. Looking forward to seeing the y2 paintings 'en masse' for the first time at the exhibition. Hanging tomorrow. Wish me luck.

How do we like the in situ shots?

Monday, 25 November 2013

002 Plan of Gardens Gallery - pencil and graphite

I am gearing up to hang my 5 years and counting show on Wednesday, but now I have worked it all out and drawn this plan I think anyone could hang it.

Sunday, 24 November 2013

001 Cup of Tea - oil paint - left handed

I thought after five years of continuous daily painting I would give my right hand a day off. It also felt like time for a break. So I have made a left handed painting of my tea break for number 001 this year. I am planning  to do a year of whatever I like this time around. So for the next 364 days I will be doing all sorts of different things. I might spend a week on one single painting I might do a series of digital prints I might do some Lino prints, I might paint with my feet, I might make a drawing of a ukulele I am building I might make a plan of something I am building in the garden I might... You get the idea. I expect there to be individual paintings and maybe a few mini series that run through the year, there will be some more left handed pictures for instance and I'm looking forward to a lot more ways of working.

During last years painting I had to stay in one style all year so I looking forward to this year feeling a lot freer and open to different things. The only rule is I have to make a picture every day. Easy.

I also got it painted before my tea got cold.

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Day #365 Sussex Star

This little chicken lady is one of our new hens the brown on the plinth has moved on the better things. She is a Sussex Star, but she isn't laying yet so she might just be a 'Sussex'. You have to earn the title Star. Debbie (birthday girl) brought her in for a visit to the studio which was very helpful, until she started to eye up escape routes. The chicken not Debbie. 

must admit to being a little overwhelmed by completing five years of continuous daily painting. I have been selecting work over the last few weeks for the show of the last five years (you are more than welcome to attend please click the banner for more details) which is a bit like floating in a sea of images. Although I think this years single painting with 365 elements will definitely be included alongside a good range from the previous chapters of Dan Young, Daily.

So, tomorrow I begin a new chapter in my daily picture making exploits and I'm not telling you what it is, you will have to look in tomorrow to see picture 1827. Yes 1827.

Friday, 22 November 2013

Day #364 Bunting

I'm putting up the studio bunting in readiness for tomorrow's celebrations, the end of this years painting project and Debbie's birthday! Am I the only artist who has studio bunting?

So, tomorrow I will paint a curtain over the whole lot! Or will I?

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Day #363 Shadow

This is the shadow of my hand, I think it is trying to catch the falling feather. I have also worked on some of the other shadows in the painting. I think I will need to work on the overall painting once I have finished adding elements on Saturday. Thee are just a few bits that need a little bit of homogenising. Two more objects to go and I know what one of them is!

I just noticed that I also added a hand coming in from the pictures edge yesterday, sometimes it's like my subconscious mind is making decisions for me... Brilliant!

Day #362 Spider puppet fingers

These creepy green fluffy fingers are from a spider puppet that I used to scare my sister with when I was younger and also more recently.

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Day #361 Polyfiller paint

Today I delivered my 'unexpected material' workshop to our wonderful first years. They all witnessed the birth of Polyfiller paint, a juicy thick impasto style paint media. Everyone will be using it soon you'll see. So to celebrate PP I have used some (albeit in its traditional role) in this hole I painted on day #251. The first ever colour for Polyfiller paint was pale yellow. You heard it here first!

Monday, 18 November 2013

Day #360 Stamp

I didn't expect to paint the queens portrait in this years picture, but I bought a load of stamps today. And they are red. I have trouble 'not' painting red things. So I did. 


Sunday, 17 November 2013

Day #359 Speaker

There isn't very much technology in this painting. Not intentional, but interesting nonetheless. This speaker was ripped out of something with the vague intention of using it for something.