Monthly Archives: July 2015

A Drawing A Day – Week 30

Have been let down by internet provider so only brief (as I am in the pub)! Move happened, despite appalling downpour all afternoon, happy to report I have not missed a day. 

    
    
    
 

A Drawing A Day – Week 29

Well you might be able to spot my current concern as you look through my sketches for the week, I make no apology.  We are now camping indoors as things are packed away, my studio has shrunk to a basket and my kitchen to a cardboard box.  Feeling positive but also apprehensive – will everything go smoothly? will the removal men arrive? will the money go into the right places? will I like my new home? will I have regrets? Time will tell I expect.

196 Clematis leaves

196 Clematis leaves

197 Packing up

197 Packing up

198 Getting ready to leave

198 Getting ready to leave

199 So much stuff!

199 So much stuff!

200 Shame I have to take the ironing board

200 Shame I have to take the ironing board

201 Guess what? More packing...

201 Guess what? More packing…

202 Every room boxed and ready

202 Every room boxed and ready

 

A Drawing A Day – Week 28

This has been a huge week for me, on day 191 we finally exchanged contracts on the sale of our house and the purchase of a new house!  The process of selling and buying houses is tortuous and slow and has been a huge strain; the daily drawing practice has given me a break from thinking about stuff, but even that hasn’t worked these past few days as you can see in the quality of my drawings!  Still we did get a couple of days camping at the seaside at Eccles on Sea (what a fab name). Packing is now in full swing and my workroom is all packed up, if I manage a drawing a day in the next week it will be a flipping miracle………… Goodbye country cottage, hello townie life.

189 Choisia leaves

189 Choisia leaves

190 Hollyhock

190 Hollyhock

191 Dahlia stem

191 Dahlia stem

192 Camping in Eccles on Sea

192 Camping in Eccles on Sea

193 Dahlia 1

193 Dahlia 1

194 Dahlia 2

194 Dahlia 2

195 Orchid (scrappy and distracted)

195 Orchid (scrappy and distracted)

 

A Drawing A Day – Week 27

Life drawing classes drew to an end this week, I shall miss them.  I feel I have really benefitted from the discipline, there is no place to hide when life drawing – everybody knows what a person looks like so it is easy to spot mistakes.  Now with my quilt finished I am at a loose end sewing wise and have become drawn to the work of Natalie Chanin both the ethos and the style, so I am experimenting with the technique……….I just wonder if I have the hutzpah to swish around rural Suffolk in these ornate and marvellous creations – well I am now of the age when I can put two fingers up to everyone so maybe I just will!  Mind you it will probably take at least  a year as they are very labour intensive to sew.

Reverse Applique test

Reverse Applique test

All this sewing has taken time from drawing but still keeping up the project, so here are this weeks offerings, very heavy on the day lily as they are such beautiful elegant plants.

182 Day lily

182 Day lily

183 Day lily leaves

183 Day lily leaves

184 Lily

184 Lily

185 Day lily 2

185 Day lily 2

186 Day lily 3

186 Day lily 3

187-2 Life Drawing

187-2 Life Drawing

187-1 Portrait

187-1 Portrait

188 Perennial sweet pea

188 Perennial sweet pea

A Drawing A Day – Week 26

Two huge milestones this week, the first happened last Thursday when I finally sewed the last stitch into the quilt I have been working on for seven years.  It is now complete, finished, done, and laying in splendour on my bed.

Hand pieced Grandmother's Flower Garden

Hand pieced Grandmother’s Flower Garden

This has been made for my grand daughter, sadly I don’t see her very often, but this will show her one day that I thought about her a very great deal.  This also shows my wasted hours watching TV.

I have now been doing a drawing a day for SIX MONTHS but I must confess that this last week I missed a day (but did two the following day), this was on the Thursday that I finished the quilt.  But all the other days I have actually sat down and drawn.

Summer has come at last to this corner of England, so we have had a day out at the seaside and sat around outside, how wonderful.

Here then are my drawings for the week…….

175 Southwold Pier

175 Southwold Pier

176 Poppies

176 Poppies

177 Intertwined wisteria and clematis

177 Intertwined wisteria and clematis

178 Greenhouse and water butt

178 Greenhouse and water butt

179 Corner of a border

179 Corner of a border

180 Left handed life drawing

180 Left handed life drawing

181 Cabin garden

181 Cabin garden