Monday, 21 November 2011
I was wondering what I might find to draw as we closed the gate and stepped onto the shore. The light was poor as the blanket of grey clouds shielded the daylight. The days are getter darker and often we need to switch on a lamp in the afternoon. The tide was low and not due until later so we wandered along the banking with just a thin winding river. I could trace the height of the tide by the patterns in the sand. It seemed that there were only small fragments of seaweed and a few tiny shells stuck in the sand.
I could see a dark object in the grass, as I walked towards it I saw feathers scattered all around and knew what I would find. It was a dark bird, on its back with its eyes pecked out and revealing patches of pink flesh on the head. The feet were contorted and made a dramatic shape with the sharp claws. It was very much dead, perhaps shot or savaged by another animal. I am quite used to seeing dead birds, drowned sheep and other signs of death, skulls and bones seawashed and the many crabs in the estuary.
We walked on and reached the boulders. The vast expanse of sand looked slippery and sloppy with deep footprints to prove it. The boulders at sealevel are now very green and slimey, leaves were stuck to the surface and trapped between the cracks and crevices. I collected some black leaves, a few tiny shells and small pieces of seaweeds. I looked out to sea and realised how low the grey clouds felt.
I found some black feathers, my mind returned to the dead bird. I felt that was my page but knew I couldn't take it home, so we returned and photographed it and I studied it long and hard before we walked on.
As always thank you for the kind people who leave a comment, I always enjoy reading them. Millyx
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Posted by MILLY at Monday, November 21, 2011
Tuesday, 15 November 2011
My double page has been hard to complete due to the poor light and my tired eyes. On Saturday I was busy with more jobs and left it a little late for my walk at quarter to four in the afternoon. The sun was really low and I realised it would be dark very soon. I felt a sense of urgency as I walked briskly along the banks of the tidal river. The sun was in my eyes and it was hard to see as the reflection in the water was very bright. The sun was a beautiful buttery yellow and the sky had long wisps of creamy coloured clouds. The sun was so low, it cast long thin shadows across the shore, mine was about ten feet long. When I turned around and had the sun behind me I could then search for things to draw. I found feathers but what a tatty selection of specimens they were, but all the better for drawing I thought. The seaweeds were equally worn and torn. It reminded me of when I was drawing the hedgerow objects, the way the leaves and plants all start to decay at this time of the year.
|Our bridge wrapped up like a parcel. It is a dark sky over the shore.|
The men worked through the nights on a bright floodlit station, to make sure we are safe crossing the lines. The little lights twinkle everywhere in the darkness as I glance around the dark dark estuary.
|painting the dock leaves|
Posted by MILLY at Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Monday, 7 November 2011
It was enough for me to have a clear blue sky to look up to. Before the afternoon was over we sat on the grass banking as the reflection of the sun twinkled in the water, it sparkled and I had to close my eyes from the glare. It was such a clear day, and as the day turned to night, it was perfect to view the displays of brightly coloured fireworks in the sky, all around the estuary.
Most of my finds were brown, the hornwrack seaweed, leaves, a mermaids purse and I was thrilled with the duck feather half brown and half white. Just two red berries today and one sycamore seed. I loved the old bottle washed up on the sand no doubt by last weeks high tides.
|The birds were enjoying the sunshine too.|
I picked the dried seedheads from the side of the railway line, most of the wild flowers and plants are dead and brown. I decided to use just brown inks for this weeks drawings, as I am going on a pen and ink day on Tuesday. I thought I would experiment and play with different ink pens. The acrylic ink was diluted with water and used in an old fountain pen, it flowed smoothly. I used the PITT drawing pens with sepia inks and a little bit of paintbrush work with my acrylic ink. I also dipped the nib directly in the jar of ink. It was interesting to see how the white paper shows through the ink, all the white is the paper. I had fun experimenting with different lines, strokes and marks using the sepia inks and I do like the different results, even with wobbly lines using the pen nib just dipped in the ink. Of course I couldn't resist doing the berries in red.
Hope you like it too.
Thank you for the lovely comments. I always enjoy reading them.
Also thank you for the people who sent me messages regarding the fabrics. It was through this blog that Kimberley Bell, a talented interior designer contacted me and asked if I would like to work with her. I was delighted to draw some different natural subjects which Kimberley has been able to use in her designs to become part of her beautiful range of linen fabrics. I was thrilled to see my drawings translated into fabrics. Kimberleys Website is http://www.peonyandsage.com/
Her new fabrics are beautiful and it was such a wonderful experience and pleasure working with Kimberley and being part of her new venture. I wish her every success with "Peony and Sage".
Posted by MILLY at Monday, November 07, 2011