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A Drawing A Day – Week 51

Week 51!!?? You gotta be kiddin’ me! Well fancy that, just 9 more drawings to go……..  Well, they are not very exciting drawings this week, my workroom is in such a muddle I have only been able to perch on the corner of my table with a pencil and an A4 pad.

350 Christmas Trees

350 Christmas Trees

351 Shoes

351 Shoes

352 Ipswich roofs

352 Ipswich roofs

353 Boxes for deep beds

353 Boxes for deep beds

354 Ivy

354 Ivy

355 Shrub leaves

355 Shrub leaves

356 Holly

356 Holly

 

A Drawing A Day – Week 49

An obsession with Ivy this week, each leaf unique and marvellous, I could draw nothing but Ivy from now on and still find something new every time.  How am going to decide what to focus on?  We concentrated on portraits in Life Drawing this week, plus I tried another self portrait – harsh!  With I big birthday coming up I should stop doing self portraits as my actual image conflicts badly with my imagined image.  But I am very drawn (no pun intended) to drawing faces, it is so interesting and intriguing.

336 Singh sister

336 Singh sister

337 Ivy

337 Ivy

338 Ivy

338 Ivy

339 Ivy

339 Ivy

340 Arghhhh

340 Arghhhh

341-1 Figure

341-1 Figure

341-2 Head

341-2 Head

342 Maple Leaf

342 Maple Leaf

A Drawing a Day – Week 48

The final month has arrived, it is now a countdown to the finish.  I have a spreadsheet that I tick the days off and I have reached the last column; 365 days fitted onto 2 A4 sheets.  The only thing that I have not been able to find since the move is sheet one from 1st January until 30th July which is a shame as I wanted to include it in my final post.   I have been investigating how to get a blog printed (not for vanity reasons as most of these drawings are heading for the great bonfire in the sky – but just as a record for myself) and have found a site called Blog2Print – has anyone used this service or can recommend another?

329 Saucepans

329 Saucepans

330 Feet

330 Feet

331 Clementine

331 Clementine

332 Watching TV

332 Watching TV

333 Ginko leaf

333 Ginko leaf

334-1 Head

334-1 Head

334-2 Life Drawing

334-2 Life Drawing

335 Iris berries

335 Iris berries

A Drawing A Day – Week 47

I recieved I gift this week from an old friend which in light of my current project made my heart sink; a small book about 12cm square entitled ‘642 Tiny Things to Draw’.  ARGHHH I’m on my way to my first 365 things to draw and some kind person (you know who you are) gives me another 642!  Things to draw include ‘a pipsqueak’, a dreidel (yes really – definition please anyone?), ‘a glimpse’ and ‘a rolled oat’.  It’s enough to send me into a decline………..however I have a sneaky feeling that I just might give it a go.  Actually I got two unsolicited books as gifts this week and I randomly flicked open the second one and opened it at a chapter entitled Pure Gratitude, Infinite Thankfulness, very apt and appropriate to my intention to focus more on the glass half full than the glass half empty.

322 Monkey Puzzle

322 Monkey Puzzle

323 Coffee Table

323 Coffee Table

324 Dresser

324 Dresser

325 Larch

325 Larch

326 Roofs

326 Roofs

 

327-1 Life Drawing

327-1 Life Drawing

327-2 Life Drawing

327-2 Life Drawing

328 Stuff

328 Stuff

A Drawing A Day – Week 45

This is going to be a short post again, I’m not finding much to talk about and I will be repeating myself, I’m boring myself these days.  I’m thinking that my new life does not have a shape or structure yet, the routines and patterns that framed my days have gone and I have yet to make a new pattern.  I used to be strict and have an ‘art’ day a week, no longer; I had a day for housework, gone; a day for sorting through my mountain of photos and making albums, not any more; a day for admin and planning, ha ha you must be joking.  All these (boring) routines went when we started packing back in April and I have not been able to establish them again.  Spontaneous?! what me? No way, I need a framework to hold me together because I find it all too easy to fritter away my time.

308 Chinese Lantern

308 Chinese Lantern

309 Bay branch

309 Bay branch

310 Squash

310 Squash

311 It's that man again

311 It’s that man again

312 Ginger Root

312 Ginger Root

313-1 Life Drawing class (tone)

313-1 Life Drawing class (tone)

313-2 Life Drawing class

313-2 Life Drawing class

314 Another Squash

314 Another Squash

 

A Drawing A Day – Week 42

I cracked out the serious charcoal this week! What fun, I had forgotten; I have been fiddling around with charcoal wrapped in a pencil – ha, that’s for wimps.  I now have a box of willow charcoal which comes in virtually weightless slender twiglet shaped pieces of blackness.  Thanks to Ed (my life drawing teacher) who got us to use tone this week I have felt very ‘artistic’ and getting very dirty.

287 Can't be bothered pine cone

287 Can’t be bothered pine cone

288 Wonky box

288 Wonky box

289 Orange thingie

289 Orange thingie

290 Unknown shrub leaf

290 Unknown shrub leaf

291 Watching Sunday TV

291 Watching Sunday TV

292 Legs Study

292 Legs Study

293 Old school selfie

293 Old school selfie

A Drawing A Day – Week 37

Another skimpy post this week…………………. I am at a loss to where my days go, and so quickly too.

252 Washing line and water butt

252 Washing line and water butt

253 Cyclamen 1

253 Cyclamen 1

254 Cyclamen 2

254 Cyclamen 2

255 Cyclamen 3

255 Cyclamen 3

256 Cyclamen 4

256 Cyclamen 4

257 Cyclamen 5

257 Cyclamen 5

258 Cyclamen Leaf

258 Cyclamen Leaf

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 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 21

Week 21 – it started with a bang and ended with a whimper, such is life and such has been my week.  Not much more to add except that drawing has been an escape from thinking, when I sit and concentrate getting something down on paper – then the whole world falls away and I am peaceful for the time that it takes and that has been a real blessing to me in the last few weeks and days. Even saying that, it has sometimes been a struggle to get pencil to paper, see if you can spot the day when I really, really didn’t feel motivated!

140 Quilt Wrestling Corner

140 Quilt Wrestling Corner

141 Shed and water butt

141 Shed and water butt

142 Hebe

142 Hebe

143 Grumpy Laser

143 Grumpy Laser

144 John resting

144 John resting

145 Rattan Chair

145 Rattan Chair

146 Chives

146 Chives