I've made a new promise to myself this week. As part of stepping back and re-prioritising my little life, and making it better and easier on myself, I realised that during the self imposed busy~ness I'd created, I had also neglected to do something very enjoyable.
The realisation that I hadn't drawn in several weeks was a bit of a shock if I'm honest. I'm an artist, I'm meant to draw, indeed I LOVE to draw! I carry a tiny moleskine with me in my bag in case of emergency sketch missions, or if an idea comes to me for a painting or illustration whilst I'm out and about. But even this has been left untouched.
As I realised how much time had gone by since I last drew or painted, I decided to make a promise to myself, and that was to try and draw at least one thing a day in one of my sketchbooks. Now you might be reading this and thinking 'does she never learn??? - off she goes again, filling up her life with Stuff...won't be long til we're hearing about how tired and worn out she is etc, etc...(Yawn).'
I promise it's not like that. This is a gift to myself, because I love making art and it's part of who I am. Without it, I feel a little bit empty or lopsided. It makes me whole.
So, for a few minutes a day, I am going to draw because it feels good to be in touch with that part of myself. And if I get longer, I will paint too. I can probably do a decent sketch of something in the time it takes to watch an advert on TV.
(brightened up in Photoshop - really like the effect of this)
Just this morning (after being inspired by Springwatch again) I decided to do a quick sketch of a little blue tit that was in my garden, sitting in the eucalyptus tree (which is sadly dead and needs cutting down following that extraordinarily cold winter). The birds still like it though, and use it to cluster on with their offspring. I was able to capture one little chap fairly quickly (you have to be fast when it's a live bird you are drawing) and render him in watercolour and ink.
Ah. Watercolour and Ink.
I used to paint in watercolour very regularly, and then over the last few years I have been working in acrylics more or less constantly. Now sadly, due to neglect or lack of use (which amounts to the same thing really) most of my watercolour tubes had dried up. I know you can cut the tubes open to use, but I was feeling frivolous so I ordered myself some new ones (which I'm still waiting for and am going beside myself with excitement about). However, there were still some that were useable, and my palette still had a few decent colours left on it too!
It's a strange feeling, using a different medium after spending so long with something familiar. It's a bit like being back in the classroom again, learning and stretching yourself and watercolour is so different to acrylic paint. The fluidity, the transparency...I'd forgotten just how delicate they can be, but I was soon in the swing of it again. It's a wonderful paint medium and I think it's fun to step out of the box and test your levels of comfort with something forgotten or new.
So I'm on my art journey again. I feel much happier. My days also seem extra spacious of late and I'm certainly feeling better for the changes I've been making. I'm making time for healthy breakfasts (although I still need my coffee kick lol)...
...and little bursts of retail therapy (well, when we've been a bit over-run with stuff, and feeling fed up it's nice to cheer ourselves with a small treat, isn't it?)
So I was super delighted to discover this Sarah Smith apron on sale at just £2.50!
Which will complement this, when it arrives:
(image from Amazon)
By all accounts, this book is one of the best of the moment. I had a peep whilst I was in Waterstones at the weekend, and I knew it was one of those books that I Just Had To Have on my bookshelf. You know the kind I mean. If you click the Amazon link under the picture, you will be able to see some of the mouth watering treats inside!
Well - it's time for some lunch, might even manage to sneak in another crocheted flower in between bites of my sarnie! The shawl/wrap is coming on great, I'm really pleased with it and it's nice to be using up some of those remnants of wool from my basket at last.
Right, I'm away! I look forward to catching up with you soon, sending love