My very full mantlepiece and the pictures above it. I am a mad collector of cat ornaments and love collecting art. I think I drew this a few months ago before the one inch challenge. I might try and do a tiny version of this for that. As with black and white photos, I enjoy drawing in black ink.
I always post my own art here, but the memory is getting full so I’ve been deleting a few images (ideally what I need to do is reduce my image sizes from Megabytes to Kilobytes , but I’d uploaded so many before I realised it was a problem. I could go in and change the images, but I post too much here. So I’ve deleted a lot of photos today. I hope it doesn’t spoil my writing too much.
Last year we went to Apedale light railway and enjoyed a day looking at exhibits of the anniversary of the 1914/1918 War. These are black and white sketches I did. Such an interesting day I thought I would post some of them. Each one has people included. I don’t just draw landscapes if I can help it, I like to include little portraits. When I do urban sketching I will try and include people to give a sense of scale.
Starting with a ceramic head I made in the 1980s at a pottery class. It has lasted through many years and many plants. This year its just planted up with lobelia, but the fuschia that was in it in 2017 was spectacular.
The second photo is part of a Chinese bridge at Biddulph Grange gardens. A wonderful garden owned by the National Trust at Biddulph, North Staffordshire. The garden is split into different areas including one based on Egyptian architecture, a Swiss cottage, an ancient grotto, and the Chinese pagoda garden. It’s a fascinating and beautiful place to visit.
One of the odd things they have there is in picture number three. This is an upturned tree root that is covered in moss, there is a whole section of them lining the steps down to the grotto, the trees must have been huge before they were hewn.
The fourth photo is a phone error. Probably because I had too many images on my phone, so two photos of daliahs are grouped with the hedges of the daliah walk at Biddulph. The picture is totally random, and the colours just happened.