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A Little Progress

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Well, I still haven’t made a great deal of progress with the Scotsman drawing but I did manage to get a few hours in. There’s not a lot of process to talk about with this one, I’m just painting away on pastel paper, layer by layer. Here’s a W.I.P. (W.I.P = Work In Progress) shot of some of the first layer.


I’m about half way done with that layer, then there will be at least one more in pastel and probably a few of the smaller details done in coloured pencil like I did with the Tornado picture.

I’m getting mixed reviews of the Tornado painting, although only my family have seen it in the flesh, so to speak, as I’ve only shown it online so far. Most people said they like that it’s atmospheric but I’ve also been told that when it comes to engines, people want to see its surroundings so they can get a sense of location and speed etc. But I like the atmospheric pieces so I think I will just go with the flow and follow where my mood takes me.

Anyway, enough about that, I’ll keep you posted with the progress but I’m not sure when it will be complete because the Awesome Ian and I are on holiday from work this week, so we might be playing out quite a bit in the next few days and I probably wont get much art work done.

Speaking of playing out, we planned a trip to Hardcasle Craggs on Thursday but we forgot about the £5 parking fee until we got there. Oops! Neither of us had the change (Machine only takes coins and doesn’t give change). So we were stuck for a little while. Eventually we decided to head for Todmorden and walked along the canal to Hebden Bridge and back again. We think it was about 8 miles in total (Maybe a bit less). I really enjoyed it even though I can still feel it in my legs. It was such a lovely day, just the two of us by the water for a few hours, watching the wildlife.


One of the highlights was seeing a pretty little kingfisher flitting about over the water. We saw him a few times fishing the same stretch of water. They move so fast though that we couldn’t get a photo of him.  I would have loved to be able paint a picture of him.

Another highlight is incredible edible in Todmorden, people grow herbs and fruit etc. by the street and along the canal towpath and invite you to pick what you need – without being greedy of course.  I won’t go on about it but here is a link if you would like to read about it your self. I think it’s a fantastic idea and it has inspired me to restart my own herb garden when I get time.  I already grow a bit of fruit with some success. Blackberries, raspberries, blackcurrants, elder and strawberries – one of the strawberries has self-seeded between some paving slabs and it’s the biggest strawberry plant I’ve ever seen, with the smallest little white fruit - I cant remember what the variety is but the fruit is supposed to white and have slight pineapple taste.



If you’re interested, I’ll take some photos and do a post about my garden one day?

There was quite a lot I was going to talk about this week but that would make it a really long post and I just don’t want to bore you so I’ll say bye for now, I hope you all have lovely week.

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