Clive Hicks-Jenkins has very kindly devoted a whole post to my efforts for the Puppet Challenge Exhibition; he has edited them nicely to contain the whole conception from start to finish: from the storyboard, through the drawing stage and onward to construction and presentation. I felt compelled to create the storyboard in order to get to know the character, he wasn’t very well-rounded in any references, and local tales were disjointed in the extreme, so I finally invented him myself, thereby giving myself a whole heap more work, when I could have chosen a myth or legend which existed with all elements ready and waiting! However I have enjoyed the journey so far , but it is not yet ended, the story, although drafted is only half written and half illustrated so there is quite a way to travel. I am saving that for winter I think, and then there are the paintings I am hoping to do, inspired by this whole project. I have completed one watercolour, and am currently working on 2 others, but I’m not sure about them at all, and they are certainly not ready to go public!! To give a wee hint, they are “backcloths” to the story, which means they have no characters in them, and consequently the whole dynamic is changed. Anyway I am reflecting on’t!
…………….I took the 2CV out to the local shop this morning, it was my first drive in it, the paperwork hiccups are ironed out and she’s on the road!! Apart from the rather alarming brakes, and the indicator switch falling off it was a good trip. I had to take both hands off the steering wheel in order to indicate left or right on the way home, but, fortunately, there were not many changes of direction. I have now neatly gaffer-taped it back on to the steering column; it’s an invisible mend, fully approved by the mad Scotsman, so that’s ok. See the evening primrose competing with the colour!
You see how dull the weather is, it’s not warm, July has been a wet and chilly month. I am wearing my fleece, believe it or not!