….so I continue to draw our dog, she still inspires me, she’s so energetic and full of life I want to capture her energy and sense of fun. Gypsy is besotted by her red ball, whenever we walk her we have to take it with us, and we have to have ball sessions in the garden several times a day. My shoulder is suffering from repetitive strain injury but it’s worth it to see the joy on her face! She even sleeps with it, sometimes in her mouth, sometimes just touching her paw on it, content in her sleep that her ball is safe.
All these images are drawn on 65×45 paper. Using crumbled charcoal ( from the barbecue as it’s cheaper) and using my hands to “wipe” the shapes on to the paper, which helps describe movement. Then occasionally refining the shapes by making a few marks with a fine stick of artist charcoal ). I added the red colour digitally as I haven’t decided whether to tint the ball on the paper or not.
A bit of colour now, it is Spring after all, this is acrylic on paper, the canal at Ste Capraise:
The first swallows arrived here yesterday, cheeping and darting through the air, and I heard the hoopoe for the first time this morning. The cicadas have been happily chirrupping away for a couple of weeks now, despite the cool nights and mornings. The cuckoo arrived in mid March with his/her distinctive double cuck-cuckoo; the cranes flew North over a period of several weeks from early February, I never cease feeling joy swell up and course through me on hearing their soulful cries, especially in the Spring. Wild marguerites, orchids, buttercups, clover, sorrel, speedwell, ragwort and campion are all flowering in the meadows, no wonder the great poets feel the urge to describe Springtime, it’s my favourite season.
Which leads me to showing a couple of pics of our wisteria and irises. Unfortunately I didn’t take a photo of the irises in full sun, however the contre jour in Nº 2 seems to show the depth of colour more, and I love the colour against the shutters.
The wisteria’s perfume is intensely rich and heady, if it had a voice it would sound like Kathleen Ferrier, if it were an instrument it would be a cello.
I apologise to my photographer friends as the photo isn’t very professional, but it does show off the colours well!