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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…….