Welcome (rather belatedly) to 2007.
As we are imminently moving house, things have been rather hectic but I’ve finally managed to squeeze in a drawing. The EDM challenge (one of them) was to draw a gift. This is a candle holder, and was a gift from my sister and brother (not)-in-law. I’ve drawn it using my new Staedtler Mars Pencils (a gift from my Gran) and they are comfortingly smooth and silky to use. They hold their point too. I shall enjoy using them.
Today the letting agent confirmed that all our paperwork is in order, so we are definitely moving on the 19th. Things may go a little quiet round here.
Another challenge that is harder than it sounds! I fancy having a go at this in paint, or with black paper and white pencil. Maybe tomorrow. It’s been a long week.
We bought these silver teaspoons from a junk shop in Masham, North Yorkshire. It’s one of those shops you can get lost in for hours, and we usually do.
What is there to do on a grey wet afternoon except draw? Realising that I’d cheated on the egg box challenge (not reading it properly!) I thought I should challenge myself to draw the box open rather than closed. I have enormous respect for anyone who has attempted this challenge in paint. It is hard enough in pencil.
I’ve also drawn a previous challenge – our local store. We are lucky enough to have a local Co-op in the village, and it does a great job of stocking most things that we may need.
You can probably tell I’ve been less than patient with this sketch! It is also interesting how clearly I can see all the mistakes once I’ve scanned it in. Why can’t I see them as clearly in my sketchbook I wonder?
We buy our free-range eggs from the farm in the village. This involves standing in the farmhouse porch which has roses rambling round it and stone bench-seats either side, often with empty egg boxes left on them. We rattle the knocker on the heavy oak door to summon our eggs. After some brief chit-chat with the farmer’s wife, we wait quite a few minutes while she presumably goes and finds some from wherever the hens lay them. You don’t get much fresher than that.
My favourite egg dish is probably a good old english fry-up with fried or poached eggs.
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Last week’s EDM challenge was to draw a paper bag. Challenge was the right word! I drew this in colour pencil. When I scanned it, the scanner was still set to black and white. I thought it looked much better in B&W, which is interesting. I like the tonal values, but not the combination of the colours for some reason. It’s interesting to see what you can learn by looking at a sketch in B&W.
I have had *such* bother with these. I tried watercolour, and simply refuse to post the results. This drawing uses colour pencils, and required a lot of layering of colour. This takes patience, which is not my forte. Although having said that, I did quite enjoy sitting quietly and colouring in. It takes me right back to childhood. I remember when I had chicken pox, Mum bought me a colouring-in book which had beautiful colour pencil landscapes on one page, and the lines for me to colour in on the other. I think I’ve still got it in the loft.
The apples are coxes bought from Banbury farmers’ market. They are unbelievably sweet, and the taste reminds me of Halloween. I lived in Scotland as a child, and we went trick-or-treating. This involved each of us preparing some kind of ‘trick’ – maybe a joke or song. We were then given apples as treats.
Our favourite local walk takes us over Mill Hill, alongside fields with hedgerows stuffed with berries, and through a small wood. We tread carefully to avoid the holes excavated by badgers. Through the young trees we glimpse this millpond with a perfect reflection of the redbrick barn beside it. Sadly, I can’t seem to get the water to look wet. I also don’t know quite why I call it a millpond, given that the mill was about three fields away.
It is high time I got back to doing the EDM challenges.