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:
This has been the hardest week of the year so far to keep the project going. I thought it was hard enough before the move when I was packing everything away – well little did I know that that was the easy bit. Unpacking is far, far harder – who knew! This is because as each item is unpacked it has to be put away or placed somewhere and in a new house these places have not evolved yet, so each item has to be thought about and that takes time. Most of my drawings this week have been late night or when I am out and about and a shocking bunch they are this time.
Just as many previous weeks have involved packing up possessions now I am involved with unpacking them….. My workroom has become the dumping ground for everything that does not yet have a place in our new home so I can barely move in the space, but on the positive side the rest of the house is taking shape. I have kept up the drawing but they are mostly late night drawings as I keep getting sidetracked during the day.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).