"There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion" Francis Bacon 1561-1626

Monday, 21 January 2013

Garden Record Week 3

Week Three of my garden sketches…and the snow continues….
Here the Ugly Bungalow is still the home of the halt and lame, but thank you for all your very kind wishes and thoughts…soon …soon, just as soon as the Foot will willingly accept a shoe!


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15th Jan Tuesday:  It was snowy this morning but a little warmer. This sketch was done early, before the snow melted. The pond is frozen and in the early grey light there was little in the way of reflection. Snow scenes are nice to do in watercolour.. you only have to paint the dark bits!

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16th Jan Wednesday: Over by the dark shed there are a few strands of jasmine.The little yellow flowers are pretty little pinpoints of sun in the grey day.

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17th Jan Thursday: Some old cornstalks in the remaining snow… in the lull before the next lot came.

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18th Jan Friday: This cold weather has brought many birds to the garden. We fill up the feeders and throw handfuls of food on the concrete outside the kitchen door. I made a page of tiny thumbnails, just basic birds based on two simple shapes.
Then a sketch of two of the hedge sparrows. Yesterday I saw the tiny field mouse again.  It’s so tiny, I tried to get a photo but it’s far too quick for my camera. 

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19th Jan Sat The little long tailed tits are enchanting. Normally they stay over by the bird feeder but this week they have been all over the magnolia just outside my window. I wonder what they are finding to eat? They are rather well camouflaged which is what I wanted to show in this quick sketch. Also the snowy fields have brought fieldfares into the garden. I don’t think I have ever knowingly seen fieldfares before. They a quite big and very attractive. Sketch to follow.

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20th Jan Sunday: 2 brooms, the big yard broom and a much smaller one, and some logs in the conservatory. It’s still snowing.

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21st Jan Monday:The foot scraper and birds tracks by the back door. It’s Dads old cast iron scraper and has lost one of its finials. 
A flick of white paint gives some quick snow.

Sketches are all 10 x 7 inches and on a variety of surfaces. I am using them for daily practise and trying out new things or for tackling my weaknesses.

I do hope it stops snowing soon. It’s really not my favourite weather but Chris went out on Saturday and took some great photos around the reservoir which I will, unashamedly, use for some sketches this coming week.

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3 comments:

Carolyn ♥ said...

You have an amazing talent... love that you draw what you seem to love. The ordinary becomes magical!

norwegica said...

Very nice! The grass stalks in snow remind me of one of my (many)unfinished paintings from a couple of years ago..

sharp green pencil said...

Thanks both.
Carolyn: I have always thought hat paintings and drawing have a magic element.Its always fascinating to see
how differently people will draw the same thing.All filtered through their own personalities and experiences. Sometimes there is nothing more magical than the ordinary.

Alan..get those paintings out!