Monday, 23rd December 2002, West Yorkshire
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With all the preparations for Christmas it's dropping dark by the time I
get out for a walk to catch the last postal collection. In the rain the
dark pavements reflect the yellow glare of sodium street lights but in the gloom I don't spot anything remarkable in the way of natural history to draw
so I decide to spend an hour, maybe two, sketching the last two bunches
of onions that we've had hanging from a rope at the back of the garage.
I bring them up into the studio and hang them over the desk.
It was the rounded shapes of the onions that attracted me to the subject
but as I start drawing its those dried, twisting onion tops that fascinate
This is drawn using a Rotring Art Pen with a fine sketch pen nib filled
with brown Waterman fountain pen ink. Even when dry this ink tends to run a little when I add a
watercolour wash to it but, as this is a brownish subject, that isn't
a problem as it might have been had I chosen a subject such as a wild
flower with areas of pure yellow or blue.
We had a good crop of onions this year, probably our best ever, which I put down to the
efforts I'd put into constructing and preparing a raised bed. With all
the veg plots now converted into raised beds I'm hoping for decent crops
right through the garden next year.
I'm surprised how similar the first paragraph of my diary entry for this
day last year (see link below) sounds to today's.
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