I had my temporary, slab plaster cast replaced two weeks ago with this plastic, lightweight one. There was a choice of colours and this bright green certainly helps to cheer me up. In the fracture clinic waiting room it was a case of “snap”, as I sat next to a young woman who had the same colour cast.
It will be another four weeks before I can put weight on this foot, so I still am unable to get to my new studio! In the meantime it will be drawing and sketching with my foot up.
Two sketches of my plaster cast and foot, done as I was sitting in the garden with my foot up on the garden table in the early October sunshine. In the first one the table top was a bit askew so I started again.
I am still getting used to hobbling around on crutches so have not been able to go to my new studio, nor done any painting yet.
We had much better weather for the second weekend of our open studios, two dry and fairly sunny days. Many more visitors passed through the site to look at the work of the 8 artists who have studios in the potting sheds.
We were able to be outside all day and get a barbecue going. Here are some of our furry visitors attracted by the sausages.
Some work by the other artists
I made a few quick sketches of people who sat or stood about for a while.
Sunday was my last day working in these studios and while I meant to set up at my new location immediately on the monday, that will be on hold for a while, as I have broken my ankle. I slipped on a piece of gravel walking down a slope into one of the studios. I am a bit immobile now, with my leg in plaster and using crutches Next week I hope the plaster will be swapped for a boot, so I can walk on two feet again.
I have a share of a small studio. As a condition of our tenancies for two weekends a year we have our studios open to the public. This photo is of the studios last Sunday when it rained heavily almost all day and we did not have many visitors.
I meant to do some drawings of the location but it was too wet and instead we all huddled together in one bigger studio and drank wine and ate nibbles. My fingers will be crossed for a bit better weather next weekend.
The studios are the ancient potting sheds, in a park that was once the gardens of a large private house. They are a bit run down but the location is a lovely place to work and be, especially in the spring; sadly, I will be moving soon as I need a bigger space.
I joined a sketch crawl in Greenwich, Saturday 15th September. The organisers were the Urbansketchers London, a group who are committed to sketching on location and sharing the results.
The weather was sunny and hot, the day was perfect- really enjoyable. I needed just such an event to get me back sketching in an urban environment. I have drawn and sketched in secluded park land locations but the last time I did this in a more urban and public place was as art student.
I now intend to do some drawing outside on location frequently, not necessarily regularly!.
if you want to find the blog for Urban sketchers London it is at http://urbansketchers-london.blogspot.co.uk. The group pool is on flicker http://www.flickr.com/groups/usklondon-grouppool
This blog is about my progress as a visual artist, about what interests and inspires me in other artists and art bloggers work, – about life the universe and whatever.
The day job having given me up I now have the freedom to make art full time.
These images are of two paintings I left on the train this year (forgot I had them with me !) and I never found them.