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About Draws Shoots and Leaves

Artist, maker, gardener, cook, cyclist, trying to tread lightly on the earth.

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

A Drawing A Day – Week 25

Aha! a lightbulb moment – don’t laugh, I have discovered perspective! I know, I know ………..it’s so blinking obvious but I have been oblivious.  A lucky find in a local charity shop led to a haul of drawing books and some intense reading, I got ‘A Foundation Course in Drawing’ by Peter Stanyer and Terry Rosenberg, ‘The Drawing Handbook’ by Frank J Lohan & ‘The Ultimate Book of Drawing’ by Barrington Barber – all three for the princely sum of £7.00, a bargain I felt.

The Drawing Handbook had a lot of really useful practical stuff that I feel I really should know already (like perspective and the golden section) and I think when the life drawing classes end in a couple of weeks I will try and follow the step by step lessons in the Foundation Course book – they look really interesting and the authors are ex Royal College of Art graduates.  Watch this space………..

Anyway, back to perspective, I am really going to have a good go at unwonking my wonky buildings using the horizon, eye level and vanishing points and all the good advice I have learned.

This week’s life drawing focused on the head and getting a likeness – how hard is that!  Anyway, I think I have captured a whisper of a likeness in each one, in the first one I have got the mouth sort of right and in the second one I have caught her direct gaze (even though it does not look like her).  And poor John (done before I had any tuition) looks soooooo gloooooomy, poor boy.

This weeks daubs…….

168 Meadow

168 Meadow

169 Poppy

169 Poppy

170 Poppy leaves

170 Poppy leaves

171 An unflattering portrait

171 An unflattering portrait

172 Feather

172 Feather

173-1 Portrait

173-1 Portrait

173-2 Another portrait

173-2 Another portrait

174 Campanula

174 Campanula

A Drawing A Day – Week 24

A bit of drama with the making of drawing 164 – drawing whilst having a bonfire is not a good idea!  Too much fuel on the fire made it quite fierce and hot with smuts flying all over the place. I got a bit panicky so had to pay attention to keeping the fire under control, and when it had died down then the rain started………. So first fire and then water – I lost heart with my sketching and went indoors for a nice cup of tea.  And drawing 165 has the record for being the sketch that took the least amount of time (but at least I took my drawing things on my walk).

161 Honeysuckle

161 Honeysuckle

162 Clematis

162 Clematis

163 Wonky Sheds

163 Wonky Sheds

164 Half started sheds

164 Half started sheds (driven away by fire and water!)

165 30 second scene

165 30 second scene

166 Life Drawing

166 Life Drawing

167 Corner of the garden

167 Corner of the garden

A Drawing A Day – Week 23

It still does not feel like summer here, we are having a long cold spring, I think we have only had one hot day so far.  But the countryside is green and spectacular and the weeds in the garden are flourishing.  Yesterday was day 160, and I have not missed a day, I deserve a pat on the back (pats herself on the back).  Anyway, here are this week’s efforts, I am really enjoying the water colour pencils and have treated myself to a few more (the boxed set has a very poor selection of greens) so I am waiting impatiently for the postman.

154 Pyrethrum

154 Pyrethrum

155 Front Door and Mangle

155 Front Door and Mangle

156 Woodstore

156 Woodstore

157 Silver Birch and Bamboo

157 Silver Birch and Bamboo

158 Plate of cherries

158 Plate of cherries

159-1 Life Drawing

159-1 Life Drawing

159-2 Life Drawing

159-2 Life Drawing

160 Ox-eye daisy

160 Ox-eye daisy