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Tulips

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

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.

Finished tulips

Finished tulips

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?

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A Drawing a Day – Week 48

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?

329 Saucepans

329 Saucepans

330 Feet

330 Feet

331 Clementine

331 Clementine

332 Watching TV

332 Watching TV

333 Ginko leaf

333 Ginko leaf

334-1 Head

334-1 Head

334-2 Life Drawing

334-2 Life Drawing

335 Iris berries

335 Iris berries

A Drawing A Day – Week 45

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.

308 Chinese Lantern

308 Chinese Lantern

309 Bay branch

309 Bay branch

310 Squash

310 Squash

311 It's that man again

311 It’s that man again

312 Ginger Root

312 Ginger Root

313-1 Life Drawing class (tone)

313-1 Life Drawing class (tone)

313-2 Life Drawing class

313-2 Life Drawing class

314 Another Squash

314 Another Squash

 

A Drawing A Day – Week 41

A full on family week has not left much time or energy for drawing or writing.

280 Sweet Chestnut

280 Sweet Chestnut

281 Coffee Table

281 Coffee Table (late night because I forgot!)

282 Cauliflower

282 Cauliflower (we ate the cauliflower and this is what was heading to the compost)

283 Skimmia

283 Skimmia

284 Baby

284 Baby

285 Life Drawing

285 Life Drawing

286 Active Cat

286 Active cat who would not sit still for even 10 seconds.

A Drawing A Day – Week 40

Mabel the Tawny Owl

Mabel the Tawny Owl

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…..

273 Corky skin of pumpkin

273 Corky skin of pumpkin

274 Bizzy Lizzy

274 Bizzy Lizzy

275 A type of sorrel

275 A type of sorrel

276 Evergreen leaf

276 Evergreen leaf

277 Yet another Pansy

277 Yet another Pansy

278 Skimmia

278 Skimmia

279 Autumn Leaf

279 Autumn Leaf

A Drawing A Day – Week 39

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.

Tawny Owl in Christchurch Park

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.

This weeks offerings:

266 Rosehips

266 Rose hips

267 Purple pansy

267 Purple pansy

268 Plum

268 Plum

269 Apple

269 Apple

270 Virginia creeper leaf (unfinished)

270 Virginia creeper leaf (unfinished)

271 Woman standing

271 Woman standing

272 Sycamore seed

272 Sycamore seed

A Drawing A Day – Week 38

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.

259 Acorn

259 Acorn

260 Oak Leaf

260 Oak Leaf

261 Pansy 1

261 Pansy 1

262 Pansy 2

262 Pansy 2

263 Pansy 3

263 Pansy 3

264 Spindle berries

264 Spindle berries

265 Hawthorn berries

265 Hawthorn berries