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).
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.
This week has felt really busy but I can’t really define anything particular that I have done, just the same old, same old. On the botanical art front I have almost finished the Bromeliad drawing, I just need to tidy up the raggedy edges and clean up the smudges on the paper. I am pleased with the way it turned out, given that it was a different way of working for me, I worked directly from the plant onto ‘good’ paper and then coloured without paying much attention to finish and used the limited colour palette of twenty pencils that I have written about before.
This image clearly shows that you can see the individual pencil marks, which for this type of stringy leafy plant are quite suitable.
The finished drawing…………onto the next one. Looking around the garden, my eye has been caught by the Bergenias that are looking really lush and glossy at the bottom of the garden. They have big dark fleshy leaves and bright pink flowers (not in evidence yet), so I think they will be my next project.
The drawing a day project with six other women has taken off, and now our page is proliferating with images and everyone is very enthusiastic, it makes such a difference to ‘all be in it together’, supporting and encouraging each other.
I started a life drawing class this week, heavens above, life drawing is hard! I sat and produced the most utterly embarrassing rubbish sketches of my life. The only consolation is that I can only get better.