One week:one drawing . . . arrgh!

Wednesday, 25th January 2006

Ikea stool

Panasonic VCR remote Churchill, England, Mug.
Green slate mat, Skelwith Bridge, Cumbria
Puzzler magazine ballpoint Boots glasses case Ascotmint stainless steel nail scissors

Nostell brick fireplace, Ikea fruit bowl, Habitat bowls, Ikea lamp

Over the past week, it's been great to catch up on various tasks connected with publishing and to make progress in the garden. Ironically it was designing and publishing my book about the garden that resulted in the garden itself getting so neglected.

Paul the gardener is making his annual series of visits to help us out; after trimming back shrubs and a thorough digging over of the shrub bed, herb bed and the flower border, there's a wonderful feeling of light and air flooding in. There are stacks of birds around, checking out the newly disturbed soil, finding their way to the pond's edge again and four robins have been bickering around the bird feeders. I feel that I'll be using our garden much more, now that it no longer looks intimidatingly out of control.

After all this, and taking most of the weekend to paint a forest backdrop for Cinderella, I find when I look through my sketchbook that I've done just one 10 minute drawing during the last week.

This evening, I sit and draw whatever I can see around me. Even drawing household objects gives me some feeling of tuning into the universe again. The cushion reminds me a of rock face.

I could sit here and draw, from memory, the wildlife that I've seen today while gardening but that's a form of storytelling - it doesn't take me to wherever it is that observational drawing takes me. Next Page

Richard Bell,

Sofa (yes, Ikea again!)