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?
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.
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…..
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.
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.
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!)
More daffodils than you can shake a stick at this week, not that I am a great fan of daffodils really, but a bunch in the house provided drawing material for several days. They are very complicated to draw and I need to practice.
Well I will say that the weeks are passing with astonishing swiftness – week 4 already. Not much more to say except I have managed so far to keep on track genuinely making time to do one drawing a day whatever happens – so I am feeling a sense of achievement in my persistence if not always for the drawings.