Couple of shallots grown by my mum that will make it into supper at some point. The shadows helps with the overall form, and the roots leave you in no doubt what they are. In 3 minutes you have to find the important features that define the subject.
With the cold weather coming this will form part of some hearty stew. Squashes don’t give you much to use from a textural point of view so the shape is critical to defining them.
These are used to burnish the print onto paper for lino cuts. I must confess I have never found great joy in using this one and prefer a wooded spoon. So at least this can serve a a sketch subject.
My trusty Doc martins
Love my red boots and as you can tell I hope that they are well worn and loved, slightly baggy which is great as they are soft and comfortable. Red with a buckle!
Looking north from Southwold pier
With my asthma being so bad I have managed so few outdoor sketches and despite the sketches being just 3minutes I intend for many to be landscapes. So I managed this from within the cafe looking out the window.
Again another from subjects within my studio that was sitting on the window sill. Just a plain grey pebble smooth from the sea.
Another simple object but here getting the perceptive correct is crucial . Simple lines give the feeling of may pages all slightly open to different degrees. Lighting the subject to give it shadows helps again in defining the form.
Slice of baguette
Remnant of today’s dinner. A crust slice of bread. Oops put the wrong date on this one.
Fortunately I have more than one pair.
Thought I should do this today as it is Shrove Tuesday. In the UK many people celebrate by eating pancakes usually with sugar and lemon.
One of my many feathers I have at home.
Needed these this winter it has seemed a particularly cold winter.
A very simple design.
Barney the Cat
Round at our friends with their beautiful cat called Barney. Gladly he sat reasonably still for nearly the three minutes, just two poses.
Another from the beach. Shells are not that common along our stretch of coastline so i often pick up those that I find. I hope that I have identified this correctly as a Peppery Furrow.
Down in Southwold thinking about paintings of the sea and gathering some reference, time also for a quick sketch. I love theses days where the northerly winds kick up our sea.
3 minutes to capture one of my sketching pencils.
Yes my hand holding my sketchbook, I am left handed.
I have been lino cutting this week all to be revealed soon and today is first proof so the inks are out. Quite a big print so the press is being used instead of hand burnishing.
Always interesting is the elliptical shape of the top and bottom of a bowl, even over the small difference in height it is important to observe and capture the difference between the two.
Sweet Violets found in the shelter of a bush in my garden, surely a sign that spring is on the way. It is obvious the days are increasing in length but as yet it has remained cold and particularly damp.
Sitting in the Jolly Sailors, Pakefield and it is warm enough for brave people to be sitting outside eating chips.
Another sketch that includes some part of the evening meal. The good thing is in 3 mins this lemon can be used.
A well worn Whelk shell from the beach. This one has the wonderful internal spiral that has been exposed by the tumbling in the sea.
So here it is the long awaited Super blue moon, with the clouds closing in I just managed to complete the quick sketch before it vanished.
I noticed these Snow drops (Fair maids of February) growing in the churchyard at Henstead church. Not quite the carpet that will follow after the next few weeks but just a beautiful strip along the edge where it must catch the sun.
Again something collected from the tide line. Cuttlefish only appear on the beach after it has been a little rougher than normal where they are stranded with the seaweed.
Waiting for The Tannahill Weavers to hit the stage at The Cut at Halesworth, sitting on the stage Roy Gullane’s guitar.
My 3 minute sketches part 2
22nd Jan: Such a simple object but full of geometric form, simple and part of our everyday lives but also well designed.
23rd January: I think the man in the supermarket thought me a little strange asking for that Sardine until I told him it was just for sketching. Then he knew it was strange.
24th January: Part of my shopping for the week at some point I think a curry is on the menu. Such a simple shape but so easily to recognise.
25th January: Today I have been lino carving so my tools were out and on the bench, hopefully this make it to print early next week.
26th January: I have been unwell with my asthma hence so many indoor sketches, even this one is through my back door. This is just the sence that spring is around the corner.
27th January: My dog’s tennis ball, loved the furry shadow thrown by the strong light source.