Drawing at Bumble Hole

On Saturday morning, I went down to Bumble Hole nature reserve, my little local spot of sanctuary, took a few more photos and did some sketching.

We approached from a new side, and saw this beautiful metal sign, surrounded by wonderful wild flowers.  I had forgotten to put any crayons in my little art kit, so I couldn’t do a rubbing, something which needs to be rectified.


I love the beautiful curvy bridges:


So I drew them, mostly without taking the pen off the paper, after the Cas Holmes day school. It was surprisingly enjoyable!


There was a massive gaggle of goslings with their proud mum and dad paddling along:


This beautiful little path was new to us, like a wonderful green fairy path.


Leading us to a lovely wild meadow, with a dragonfly and some butterflies floating over.


And this lovely view of Cobb’s Engine House:


Which I had to sketch:


Another lovely view of the engine house:


And a beautiful view of the canal. For something which is stereotypically straight, there are lots of lovely curves!


I’ll post close up pictures of the sketches soon.

Developing a design

I’ve fallen in love with my friends’ Moka pots. They have three of them, in different sizes, and I love the shape, so I’m going to use them for a new design. I started out by printing the images, and tracing them onto acetate. I’m planning to cut stencils and stamps of them over the weekend:


And I’ve planned a stencil:



Day 283

Today we went on the Dean Forest Railway, and as well as taking several photos of steam trains and lovely old signs, I did this drawing from the train of the station platform:

I need to get (much) better at people, but I still enjoyed doing it.

Day 282

We headed in to Puzzlewood at dawn, before anyone also was in the wood, and made our way to one of the lookouts, to watch the trees change with the light. As we were staying at a cottage on site, we were able to go into the wood before the public were allowed in. It’s a magical place, full of old gnarly trees, mosses, bracken and fungi. I took many photos, which I will share soon.

I did a 4 layered drawing from the lookout, intending to cut away each layer so it reveals as pages of my sketchbook are turned. I only got time to paint the back page, so I have a project for a few evenings to finish this:


Here’s a photo my husband took, of me painting in the wood:


Day 281

A wonderful day at the Sculpture Trail in the Forest of Dean, and I will share more photos from it soon. For now, here is a painting I did of a tree in the forest, part of a sculpture word ‘Silence’ in various languages on metal plates on the tree, encouraging you to sit and be still for a while:


Day 257

I’ve been feeling a bit waylaid with the daily creativity since the move. While I’ve done something every day, it has not necessarily been very purposeful. I think the house is now at the point where I can begin to get back into some more focused work.

I’ve enjoyed mark making with different substances recently, and trying to hold implements in different ways to see what marks I could get. Today, I did these simple line drawings of Gormley’s LAND, trying to get the shape and perspective right.

I’m happy with these. I want to do more, in a larger format, and with different mediums.

I also drew this quick flower, I love the simple shapes of the head:


Day 232

I did some more work on the LAND inspired pieces today. I want to work more into it, so I cut this stamp, ready to be mounted:

Hopefully I’ll get the time to print into it at the weekend. I’m contemplating cutting more polyhedral shapes out of it to break the stamp up a bit, but I might do that to a second stamp instead of this one.

I also traced over the main lines on two layers of acetate for this image.

The top layer is just the large leaves in the foreground, and the berry like shapes in the background:

The back layer is the figure and the main part of the leaves:

I think this has been helpful to help me understand the shape and layers of the elements of the image.