Last week I treated myself to a bunch of tulips from the market, pondering for a long time on what colour to choose.
Nearly finished tulips
They have been really fun to draw and I downloaded an audiobook from the library to keep me company Tin Can Tree by Anne Tyler. I use my iPad to record the flowers before I start drawing because flowers move! shock horror…….and they even die.
But, but, but……….this bunch is just as beautiful and I am very tempted to have a go at drawing of these just as they are right now.
I have been considering how to progress my skills and continue with a regular practice and I think I have found a way. I am focussing my attention close to home……my own garden in fact. I have been bemoaning the fact that there are not many plants and they are not very exotic and blah blah blah but in fact they are the plants I have, they are the plants on my doorstep so to speak and the are available all year round – what more do I want?!
I am starting a sketchbook and I am going to catalogue and draw each plant that grows in my garden (as I look around I can see at least thirty different species) which should keep me busy for a while. Each plant will be drawn as it changes through the seasons. I suspect it will be a never ending project as I am already buying new plants and then there will be the vegetables we grow, the bulbs we hope to plant, the herbs, the houseplants, and the bouquets (feel free to send them whenever you like). I might even try some calligraphy so that the notes will also look decorative.
I have found a brilliant web site for cataloguing plants (Plantsmap.com) which appeals to nerdy me – it is FaceBook for plants and I have started adding my plants and collections to help keep track.
Full moon at night and a sunny morning what could be nicer?
I was not able to attend my drawing class this week so I sat down and made up the time so at least I will not fall behind all the others in the class. I have left the tulip (it is not finished yet) and started on the chrysanthemum. I wanted to start to see how the reds would work together and assess the composition. Photograph not very good……but I can’t face tackling photo editing again……
I have signed up again with Janie Pirie for a coloured pencil class and we are now several weeks in. She provided some coloured plates from the 1950s / 1960s and we were to select some flower heads from these plates, to make a composition. This is not how I usually work but I am interested in learning from Janie. I chose these three plates for my flower heads mainly because I wanted some unity in colour as the three flower heads are very different structures.
Left to right, I am using the red/yellow chrysanthemum, the centre salpiglossis, and the bottom open tulip. Strange to use already drawn images as source material. Here is the beginning of the open tulip, I have arranged the flower heads with this one at the bottom the chrysanthemum in the middle and the salpiglossis at the apex, and hopefully the similarity of the colours will give some sense of cohesion to the very simple composition.
Just lost my entire post! I did not save it and left the page…………ARGGHGHGH My priceless words have just gone, never to be shared with the world – ha ha. You will never hear my musings on the season or my opinion of the current weather – aren’t you lucky?. I’m not going to try and rewrite so that’s all for this week folks.
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.
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?
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.
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.
In our old place when we walked we became accustomed to Buzzards shrieking overhead and looked forward to seeing ‘our’ Buzzard who sometimes came very close. Now we have moved into town we have a new bird friend to enjoy.
Mabel in Christchurch Park
Meet Mabel the resident Tawny Owl who lives in this tree, she can be spotted most mornings looking down on us all as we go about our business. The grass where everyone stops to look has worn away and she is a local celebrity. I believe she has reared chicks for the past two years.