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.
There was much interest last week in Mabel, so I have cropped the photo and put the enlargement in this week. She is about 12 inches tall I guess and this is her regular daytime roost.
Things must be settling down as I am finding more time for drawing which is good, I am also finding that I would like to do more time intensive stuff – maybe larger drawings or more detailed or pictures that take more than a couple of hours to complete. But it will have to wait…..
Finally this week all our possessions have been gathered together again under one roof so to speak. With the collection of the hand cart (don’t ask!) from its temporary resting place we can now see the full size of our stuff problem. It is not as bad as I thought and over time the stuff will be tamed and cut down in size.
Well my colour mojo is back, now that my table is set up and my coloured pencils are out I have no excuses. My coloured pencil skills have become a little rusty but it is such fun to be in colour again.
Another skimpy post this week…………………. I am at a loss to where my days go, and so quickly too.
Moving in, moves on and my current obsessions are not artistic but sadly prosaic involving soft furnishings and light fitments which involve me saying ‘how much?!’ in an astonished manner more often than I care to think about. My new garden has been planted for low maintenance and not for beauty so there is not much to inspire me but I have been making plans for next year to dig up the grass and cram the space with the edible and the beautiful.
Gradually the swirling piles of possessions are beginning to settle, and this place is beginning to feel like home. I have been disorientated in the early mornings when I fail to recognise the ceiling in my new bedroom and wonder where I am. I have little moments when it dawns on me that someone else is living in ‘my house’ and I have vivid memories of the old place, strengthened I suspect by the sketches I made. All this said, I am happy in the new house and this week I even unearthed my coloured pencils and gave them an airing.
Here are my drawing for Week 34 – I continue to be amazed that I have continued this project for so long, I guess it has become a habit…..
The weeks are passing at a terrifying speed and we are gradually settling into our new home. I now have the start of a usable workroom and I am looking forward to getting my coloured pencils out again. This past few weeks I have only had a pencil case and sketchbook easily to hand, the sewing has gone for a burton as I am too tired when I sit down in the evening and I haven’t sorted out a good sewing light. Item 151 on the ‘to do’ list…………….
This weeks offerings: