It's so good after the fragmented drawing that I managed to do
during the filming yesterday to settle down and draw just for pleasure.
Pure pleasure. No questions asked.
There were so many questions yesterday, along the lines of:
Why do you choose a particular subject?
Why focus on details?
What are you going to do with the drawing now? Are you taking
What are the themes behind your work?
What does this part of the world - your home patch, Yorkshire
- mean to you?
These seem simple enough questions but they sure do get me thinking.
But my best answer would have been to have kept my mouth shut and
to have just got on with the drawing. That's what it's really
These Himalayan Poppies appeal to me because of
the exuberant outlines of their leaves. They're over-the-top; rather
baroque. On the same plant you can find unfurling flowers, seedheads
and blotched decaying leaves: three seasons on one plant.