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

Friday, 22 July 2011

Walks: Day Four. Water Horizon.. and a Guinea Pig

I couldn’t do any sketching yesterday so today I went straight to the shore line in the morning not knowing what I should do. I stopped to look at the teasel patch to see what the bees were up to and sat on the rocks looking out over the water. It was cold but if I hunkered down a bit I was out of the wind. I wasn’t planning to stay there but looking to my left I could see something interesting…a 3 part landscape of water, rocks and grassy bank, 3 different sorts of texture. And once you are sitting down, you see more and more.

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3 different textures and marks… nice.

I then looked across the water and started to draw the line of the horizon and the landscape above that line. I was thinking about lines and what goes on above and below. Most of this is above, save the odd boat or duck. It took 3 lines to get the complete horizon in.

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Small insects and spiders came and went on the paper. Some I drew. Big bumble bees hovered by me checking me out and the terns performed their stunning aerobatics off shore. I will have to put them all together in a long strip someday.

The Guinea Pig

As from today I am looking after a neighbours guinea pig for a week. It’s such a responsibility!! It may only involve food and drink but I do feel the need to go and spend some time with him. He doesn’t seem very impressed. I think timid is the word. I know nothing about guinea pigs but do want him to be happy. Hay and cabbage leaves seem to do the trick.

He is rather old and doesn’t do much which at least gave me chance to sketch.

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I think this is the very first time I have sketched a Guinea pig. I am wondering if he will whistle for me? :)

5 comments:

Jose Santos said...

Hello!!
Loved the Guinea pig! You, as always, captured the most beautifull details of him.
I have guinea pigs and find them wonderfull pets.

patientgardener said...

Guinea pigs made the strangest noises but I wonder if it is only when they have other guinea pigs to talk to.

I like your horizon drawing, I tried to something similar a while ago but gave up far too quickly, I only seem to be able to draw when my tutor is in the room!

Ruth said...

Lovely sketches. Your picture of the visiting guinea pig is so nice. Does he have a name?

sharp green pencil said...

Thanks all!.. guinea pig still alive and well but still silent!

Jose! Lovely to hear from you.. how is Portugal! I must say I am finding this little chap very endearing.

PG.. I had to laugh about the "tutor in the room".. how true. And yes horizon drawings are quite hard work, but good exercise for the neck muscles.

Ruth: Thanks so much. They did tell me his name which I instantly forgot.I just smile at him and tell him he is beautiful.. but not having much effect!

Jennifer Tetlow said...

What gorgeous piggy sketches, they look just like my guinea pig! He looks very happy to me and you'll certainly hear him squeek if you delay giving his cabbage!