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Monday, 14 January 2013

Garden Record Week 2

Week two of my half hour garden sketches. The Foot is making very slow progress so I am stuck indoors. I must admit that at the beginning of the week I was thinking I would never walk again. It’s like walking on knives right now, but it’s just a matter of time and there is plenty to do..It’s just that I really, really want to get out for a walk..

However, looking at the sketches before I post them I see they are a bit of a mixed bag..not a beautifully designed set as such but just some daily drawing discipline.

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Tues Jan 8th: I am still drawing out of the window. This is the cherry tree which is just outside.  Its new shoots are deep red. The tracery of branches is beautiful and  I could have done with a few hours not just 30 mins. I did it in stages as (annoyingly) I had to keep waiting for the paint to dry.

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Wed Jan 9th: The squash heap: A heap of soil to the right of the cherry tree The soil came out of the pond and in the late summer the patti pan squashes and courgettes ran wild. Now nothing remains except some torn black plastic, a few bricks and, of course, weeds. It’s not exactly picturesque but some nice shapes in there. This is the HP paper again which I am definitely preferring for this size. The paint also dries quicker :)

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Thurs Jan 10th: Grey and cold outside with very cold weather forecast. I have a few leaves on the table from my little ginkgo tree. I collected almost all the leaves. They are so interesting.. all different.

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Fri Jan 11th: Early dusky morning light, reflected branches in the plastic carry-all which is full to the brim with water. It is a scrappy sketch but I may try to develop this. I do love reflections.

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Sat Jan 12th I was a bit stuck this morning so drew some plant labels in a glass jar. They are Dads old labels. One says “Wallflowers Aida 2003” . There is crumpled up seed packet at the back.  This is drawn on rough paper so has a softer look.

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Sunday 13th: There are a few sage leaves in the herb bed to the left of the window. I made this sketch while listening to Martin Carthy on Desert Island Discs. It was very cold and frost this morning.

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Monday 14th: It’s snowing. Fairly pretty but not as inspiring in the Garden as it would be in a sweeping landscape. I might try something snowy tomorrow as I think it is here to stay for a day or two. 
But today I drew this old artichoke head.  
It seems to me that randomly found compositions work much better than ones you carefully organise and I had put this artichoke head on top of a paintcan to dry. I had raised the handle of the paintcan to prop up the artichoke. So that’s what I have drawn.

I am really hoping the good Foot fairy will come and visit this week :)

5 comments:

Diana Studer said...

bit frustrating. When should The Foot be walking again?

Sketchbook Squirrel said...

Some really beautiful sketches here, lovely free technique. Great to see what is going on in the garden. x

photo to pencil sketch said...

Your drawings are really amazing, love it.

Sarah Melling said...

A long-overdue visit to your blog has been such a treat...this latest group of sketches is beautiful! I am dealing with a foot problem myself (quite minor compared to yours) so I completely commiserate with your situation. So glad you're on the road to recovery.

sharp green pencil said...

Many thanks all. I have been deeply involved with the never ending battle with art materials.
Diana: the Foot should be better now. but sadly is not...another couple of months to go but no excuse for not painting :)

Hi there SS. I m trying to keep the work free fro a while. I love the detail but sometimes need to loosen up a bit. Your SBA work is beautiful!

PPS: Thank you! your comment is much appreciated

Sarah: Hmm the foot.. what a problem it is! I do the drawing partly to keep sane but sometimes it doesn´t work. Its a long haul to recovery.