Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Pan Listening to Echo

Another quick sketch done in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford on Sunday:

Friday, May 19, 2006

Some local pictures

I would love to be able to paint with watercolours. I had another go today. This is the old school house in the village (now conveniently a framing shop.) Everything I do comes out colourful.

I would also like to be able to sketch using more confident marks. So I tried a quick sketch of the view from the back window, using conte crayon. It's just smudgy. But - the more I practise, the more I will improve. Anyway, it's fun.

What is it?

Last week in art class we made a 3D object inspired by a piece of household equipment. Well - here it is. The second picture is the painting I did of it today.

Sinks and Noses

I'm losing count of which EDM challenge I'm on, and I know I'm behind, but here is my bathroom basin and a few sketchy sketches of my nose!

Sunday, May 14, 2006

... and relax

Well, I did it all. A full week last week followed by a visit from friends with a three year old. I am so weary now.

On Friday, we stopped on the way home at Crackley Wood I needed to find some bluebell woods, and Crackley was just what I was looking for. Carpets of fragrant bluebells romped everywhere, and the birds were singing their hearts out. Just what I needed to chill out after a two day workshop.

All I need to do now is catch up on my sleep. Boy, can three year olds chatter! Very sweet though. We went for a walk and picked daisies and cow parsley for each other; blew dandelion clocks and collected cherry blossom. Sometimes it's nice to see the world through a child's eyes.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Hungry babies

Introducing - Mrs Blackbird and her new family.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Busy month

May is turning out to be rather on the busy side. Yesterday, I had a presentation to do at art college. It went pretty well, and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to everyone else's. We had to talk about a piece of art that we loved and one that we hated. I chose Damien Hirst 'One Thousand Years' as my hate, and a Pia Fries painting as my love.

Tomorrow, of course, is the deadline for my creative writing assignment. I'm about there, just allowing myself another night to sleep on it before the final polish.

Saturday I've got an early start as I'm running an all day career change workshop.

Sunday I intend to sleep, walk, drink gin, and sleep some more.

Monday and Tuesday I have to prepare for a career workshop that I am running on Thursday and Friday. Oh, and do my normal job at the same time.

Wednesday we have our end of year assessment at art college. I've just spent hours stuffing all my artwork into plastic display sleeves - only to find that when I put them all in my portfolio case, the rings won't stay shut. Rats.

Thursday/Friday, as I said, I'm running a workshop.

Saturday, we've got friends coming to stay for the weekend.

Meanwhile, I'd quite like to do some drawing. But when?