Hi, I’m Jonathan Price – my blog, Art-Chap-Enjoin, is an anagram of my name (you can also follow me on Instagram, Tumblr, and Twitter). Firstly, thank you Charlie for inviting me to be a guest artist on Doodlewash – I’m honoured. I am from the UK, but have been living and working overseas since 1992, when I left to work in Cambodia. Since then, I’ve been lucky enough to live in Bhutan, Syria and presently the Philippines.
My journey as an artist began when my school teacher encouraged me to join life drawing classes and for many years after that, I took evening classes. However, inspired by my attendance at summer schools in Tunbridge Wells run by Roy Oxlade, and because drawing from nude models in Southeast Asia would be culturally unorthodox, I instead started to carry a sketchbook with me and draw and paint anything, even in the briefest of free moments.
I admire people who can draw from imagination or use reference photos, but I prefer to be there on the spot. At times this has meant being surrounded by hordes of street children in Phnom Penh, who were fascinated to see a foreigner drawing (there were so many children I couldn’t see my subject!), or just getting strange looks at a shopping mall. My experience drawing ‘En Plein Air’ has always been positive though.
With a busy work schedule and the advent of our own children, the frequency of my drawing and painting has gradually declined over the years. Then, just a few months ago, a combination of events occurred: A contract finished and I was free for a while, a friend commented about my creativity and I saw the work of an artist who painted daily postcards.
Into my head came the idea of drawing and painting every day and committing to it by sharing the results on a blog…and with the community I have linked to (including the Urban Sketchers Philippines), this has turned out to be a great source of encouragement.
Most often, I draw in ink or pencil first, followed by watercolour. But sometimes, I’ll use my Derwent watercolour pencils, chalk pastels, oil pastels, charcoal, uni PIN pens, and Derwent Sketching water-soluble pencils…and occasionally all together! I have a great little Winsor & Newton watercolour travel kit (replenished with a hotchpotch of Reeves, Aquafine and Van Gogh).
I also have a set of Pentel Brush pens which are wonderful. To draw, I use a Rotring Art fountain pen. I usually use A5 Daler Rowney Graduate sketchbooks (or anything like them that I can buy locally), but currently I am using a Fabriano one.
I am inspired by the everyday – just humdrum things around me, at home, at the market or nearby, wherever I happen to be living. I find that even in the most mundane of things there is beauty – all it takes is a little imagination.