I recieved I gift this week from an old friend which in light of my current project made my heart sink; a small book about 12cm square entitled ‘642 Tiny Things to Draw’. ARGHHH I’m on my way to my first 365 things to draw and some kind person (you know who you are) gives me another 642! Things to draw include ‘a pipsqueak’, a dreidel (yes really – definition please anyone?), ‘a glimpse’ and ‘a rolled oat’. It’s enough to send me into a decline………..however I have a sneaky feeling that I just might give it a go. Actually I got two unsolicited books as gifts this week and I randomly flicked open the second one and opened it at a chapter entitled Pure Gratitude, Infinite Thankfulness, very apt and appropriate to my intention to focus more on the glass half full than the glass half empty.
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.
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).
163 Wonky Sheds
164 Half started sheds (driven away by fire and water!)
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.
This week has been the hardest so far in continuing with a drawing a day, I suspect that like an elite athlete (which I am not – ha ha!) I have ‘hit the wall’. I have had to work through the pain of forcing myself to sit down and just do it. I have been my own worst enemy by leaving it until the end of the day when I am certainly not at my best. There have also been distractions, on Friday I went to the Society of Botanic Artists annual exhibition, which was both inspiring and dull, some stuff is just same old, same old, but some was brilliant. I particularly liked the paintings made with cut paper by Penny Brown (sadly I cannot find a web link). We also had a family weekend with children and grandchild visiting so not much time for art. Life drawing was fun this week with an exercise of drawing without looking at the paper, the results were a hoot but it was a definite practise in looking.
Surprise, surprise ten weeks have passed and today I will (hopefully) be producing my 70th drawing. Outside spring is really in the air, the sun is hotter and the wind is gentler, and the birds are really letting us know that it is time to be getting on with spring type business. Washing is drying on the line and the heating has not been on today……….. Maybe I will get outside and do some outdoor drawings next week? (ha! I suspect that be a signal for the winter to leap back out!). This week’s drawings:
Week 6 draws to a close and I find myself pondering how my day now revolves around the activity of producing ‘a drawing a day’. It is almost the first thing I think about in the morning, and it hovers in the periphery of my consciousness until, either the drawing is done, or I have decided when to do the drawing. It’s not a problem; it is just something that must be fitted into the jigsaw of my day. Some days are easy, like Friday when I do my life drawing class, some are more difficult when there are lots of external commitments that pull on my time. Anyway for what it is worth, here are this weeks offerings – you get two for the price of one on life drawing days!
Well I’m keeping up with the daily drawing but it is impacting on my other drawing……..it seems that I can only manage so much drawing a week, but I am enjoying the discipline of having to go upstairs and sit down and draw, in fact I look forward to it. It has been helpful recently to have an activity that can stop my mind thinking about STUFF! Drawing brings its own concentration and intensity and there is no room for anything else and that is a blessing and relief. I am noticing too the turning of the year, although at the moment it is bitterly cold, spring is not far away and the plants are showing this to me. The snowdrops, aconites and hellebores are all back, my winter friends – I draw them every year (note to self….dig out the old drawings and see if I have made any progress, or maybe not….. I might be very disappointed………..).