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

A Drawing A Day – Week 22

Just pictures this week, I don’t feel like writing.

147 Paycocks House

147 Paycocks House

148 Our House

148 Our House

149 Sunflower

149 Sunflower

150 Rose

150 Rose

150 Vase of roses

150 Vase of roses

152-1 Life Drawing

152-1 Life Drawing

152-2 Life Drawing

152-2 Life Drawing

153 Graphite Rose

153 Graphite Rose

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

A Drawing A Day – Week 20

I can’t remember what reminded me but I was inspired to dig out my copy of Betty Edwards’ book ‘Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain’.  I found that I had got about one third of the way through it before it was abandoned or forgotten.  Chapter 6 was where I got to and this is where I picked it up and tried the exercises for Pure Contour Drawing, which is where you look at the item you are drawing but you do NOT look at your drawing as you are doing it!  The idea is to do it slowly and let your eye really pay attention to the contours of the object as you draw.  The activity is fun and he results are sometimes surprising, I found my first effort was really really small so the next day I made a conscious effort to pay attention to the length of line and got a much better (life size) result.

133 Sitting Room

133 Sitting Room

134 Pure Conture Hand 1

134 Pure Conture Hand 1

135 Pure Conture Hands 2

135 Pure Conture Hands 2

136 Iris

136 Iris

137 Ickworth Rotunda

137 Ickworth Rotunda

138-1 Sitting

138-1 Sitting

138-2 Action

138-2 Action

139 Workshop

139 Workshop

A Drawing a Day – Week 19

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.

126 Cerinthe

126 Cerinthe

127 Corner of Bedroom

127 Corner of Bedroom

128 View into bedroom and down the stairs

128 View into bedroom and down the stairs

129  Clematis

129 Clematis

130 Clematis leaf

130 Clematis leaf

131-2 Standing woman

131-2 Standing woman

131-3 Woman Seated

131-3 Woman Seated

131-1 Standing woman

131-1 Standing woman

132 Bit of Beam

132 Bit of Beam

 

A Drawing A Day – Week 18

Well another week has passed, this one was uneventful and unremarkable so there is not much to say. We had a great day out this Monday (a holiday in the UK) and visited Anglesey Abbey outside Cambridge.  There are wonderful grounds and we walked around the perimeter, we went in the watermill and watched the wheat being ground into flour with the whole mill vibrating with the force of the water pushing round the mill-stones; very evocative of the ‘olden days’.  This week included the momentous day when I completed the first third of the project, something to celebrate I think.  This weeks offerings:

119 Green Iris

119 Green Iris

120 Rocket

120 Rocket

121 Rocket

121 Rocket

122 Hosta leaves

122 Hosta leaves

123 Hosta plant

123 Hosta plant

124 Watching Snooker

124 Watching Snooker

125 Spring Cleaning Friend

125 Spring Cleaning Friend