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.
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
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.
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!
This week my week was frittered away with spring cleaning and gardening, it is amazing how the bright sunshine shows the grime and dust, so I have been shamed into putting my rubber gloves on and getting down and dirty! We have had rain and warmth at last and the garden has responded by bursting into growth, at least the weeds have. I spent an hour doubled over a flower bed and filled a wheelbarrow with weeds – how come they are so much quicker off the mark than the flowers I really want. Mind you some of the weeds are beautiful, I just love Herb Robert and always leave a few plants to flower and seed around the place. I just love self seeded plants, I try and be a low impact gardener, hence my garden is always a little shaggy around the edges. I was due to go to London to see an exhibition of coloured pencil drawings but my train was cancelled due to a ‘fatality’ further down the line, some poor soul could not cope any more, it made me sad to think that this person had no other option and I felt for the poor train driver too – so sad.
Another week! another week! I can’t believe the speed of the passing weeks. I have again managed to keep to the drawing a day regime, but some days, I must confess it is really hard, and one day I nearly forgot. I am finding people really satisfying to draw and chairs are my nemesis………..
Week 6 draws to a close and I find myself pondering how my day now revolves around the activity of producing ‘a drawing a day’. It is almost the first thing I think about in the morning, and it hovers in the periphery of my consciousness until, either the drawing is done, or I have decided when to do the drawing. It’s not a problem; it is just something that must be fitted into the jigsaw of my day. Some days are easy, like Friday when I do my life drawing class, some are more difficult when there are lots of external commitments that pull on my time. Anyway for what it is worth, here are this weeks offerings – you get two for the price of one on life drawing days!
Well I’m keeping up with the daily drawing but it is impacting on my other drawing……..it seems that I can only manage so much drawing a week, but I am enjoying the discipline of having to go upstairs and sit down and draw, in fact I look forward to it. It has been helpful recently to have an activity that can stop my mind thinking about STUFF! Drawing brings its own concentration and intensity and there is no room for anything else and that is a blessing and relief. I am noticing too the turning of the year, although at the moment it is bitterly cold, spring is not far away and the plants are showing this to me. The snowdrops, aconites and hellebores are all back, my winter friends – I draw them every year (note to self….dig out the old drawings and see if I have made any progress, or maybe not….. I might be very disappointed………..).