So we woke to a hazy day that just looked like it would burn off to be a glorious sunny day and so it proved. Here are pictures of the bay before and after work.
So I got to work set up even more tables outside as I would be outside the shop making the most of the weather and so it proved.
So then how to start the day, well Inktober of course but not to draw as first I had a visitor and we discussed art including how we might interpret todays prompt, their version picked up on the stresses of a working life which I fully understood but wasn’t go to be my interpretation. Then a visit from Anthony who had messaged me this morning to see if yesterday’s piece was still available. Now Anthony writes and has bought original postcards and cards from me before that spark a creative idea for him, so despite me dismissing yesterdays Inktober piece as sketched ideas I could understand why it meant something for Anthony. He dropped by and went off with his new piece of my art.
So today, day 9, pressure was the word. As I said above a stressful sort of pressure wasn’t for me as it has no place in my life anymore. My drawing relates to a fond family memory. When on family holidays in Broadstairs with the boys as they were growing up, I was an impatient dad at the beach who found it almost impossible to sit still. I would use energy up by going for frequent swims throughout the day and creating sand structures, a habit and idea I inherited from my dad, now when you enjoy this sort of creativity other families walk past and the children react enthusiastically, but for some dads you could see that the pressure this brought was not welcomed. So my piece de resistance was a double seated full size formula 1 car shape! I would often end a week’s holiday with rsi as I spent so long digging these creations.
My artistic focus for the remainder of the day was the wooden box of ‘views from my kayak’. I added the ‘Sheps Hollow’ and ‘Peveril Point’ drawings on the two box ends in a fine 0.1 fineliner first and then went over this in a 0.3. Finally this afternoon I started (still in progress) the front face of the box – Ballard Down. This box is becoming a very special piece of work for me and by far my best detail on a box to date, so thoughts are already turning to what I may charge for it…in the meanwhile some drawing photos from today.
Starting the scaffold for the drawing is interesting as I had been asked about how I did this by a visitor this morning and had given it some thought. I tend to start with a general outline and then start to add distinctive patches of bare rock and vegetation cover.
As said above I am very proud of the drawings on this box.
Also today Anne continued with her art for fun fish project, we also hosted two children from Switzerland and also had a beach scene drawn by a young local girl who made some fantastic observations about features of the scene as she drew it with mum on pen supply duty.
Some good sales today including three original postcards including Stormy Seas drawn earlier in the week. More ProMarkers sold – set 2 is currently proving more popular which is a reversal of previous sales.
A great day, lots of chat, lots of fresh air, in my case three drawings completed and a fourth started. More people met and the enjoyment of my new studio location.
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