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.
A full on family week has not left much time or energy for drawing or writing.
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.
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.
This weeks offerings:
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.
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…..
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.