It was love at first sight with this wonderfully coloured Gourd. I saw it outside a shop and immediately went inside and bought it. Sadly it has taken me a while to find the time to draw it but I think I have given it the respect it deserves. My Dad used to grow these for me, all kinds of fascinating shaped specimens which I could then choose from to draw.
I sketched it in pencil and then painted it with three colours of my acrylic ink.....Flame red, Yellow ochre and Sap Green. The red and yellow created all the orange tones. I used the red to darken the green. Look at all the different shades on the plate, created by mixing the three colours.
I used a new brush, Aquafine by Daler Rowney, it was a script liner number 3, it was very nice to use , if not a little hard on my eyes but made lovely fine lines. I also used a sable 3. It was painted in little pockets of time over four days, about twelve hours work. I really enjoyed drawing this gourd with all the lumps and bumps, and I loved recording all the detail and texture.
We have been enjoying some beautiful sunny days and each day I have managed to get out and take a walk. For a change we headed up hill and around the lanes in our village. The view above shows our estuary and the railway line which loops right around the shore in a horse shoe shape and then travels up the west coast.
I like this gate, it is the entrance to a very steep field. When we were children we would run down it and it was so steep we could not stop until we reached the bottom. We used to scream as we ran down, then laugh when we safely reached the bottom. Sometimes there was a herd of cows and their young calves which chased us! The frisky young calves would join in and run after us, we ran even faster, our hearts beating so fast and we screamed louder with fear. So very relieved to climb the next gate and into another safer field where we then laughed louder. We were great at running on sports day!
The views to the North of the Lake land hills.
There were lots of seed heads standing so tall above the stone walls.
The red berries on the hawthorn trees, once a thick hedgerow now twisted and bent with the elements.
All the walls are getting old and wobbly, ferns growing on the top. All hand built from the local stone which is still quarried in the village.
The view to the west, showing the opening to the estuary and the open sea where the hundreds of windmills are being erected. The tide is just coming in and will cover all the sand with sea water. This is where I was last week, see my last post.
Every where looked so fresh and green after lots of rainfall. The rain water drains off the higher ground and the moors, last week this road had water running down each side and it caused some flooding in the village. Many homes were sand bagged to protect the water from getting into their houses, lots of stones and debris was carried downhill as the water gathered speed and scattered it along the roads. The drains struggled to take the volume of water as many rivers swelled and burst their banks and many local roads were flooded.
It has been lovely having the blue sky and sunshine, fine days with crisp views and now the frosty mornings. The shore was covered in a blanket of white frost and looked so pretty. Hope you are having some nice days. Glad you visited and enjoyed the walk with me. Thank you for the lovely comments which I really appreciate. Photographs of the village by my husband.
See you soon. Millyx