As I did not go on the sketch crawl I tried out a watercolour sketch of a snowy, neighbour’s garden, as seen from my kitchen window. I am trying out using water colours straight, without any pencil or pen drawing first. Perhaps it is a bit “chocolate- boxy”, but there it is.
I finally made it to my new studio last week and set up for the first time. It is small but perfectly formed for my needs. The light is very good and I have it all to myself – I shared my last studio. This picture of the empty room shows it the way I will never see it again, until I have to leave it that is. It is very cold in the building as the weather now is very cold and it has snowed this week.
I had intended to join a Sketch Crawl at the Tate Modern this Saturday, but the snowy and icy pavements around my home have defeated me. I am still wobbly on my repairing ankle and foot and it was just too slippery underfoot for me to walk to the station.
I have had a particular relationship with this footware over the last 3 months.
The walking shoe is the only shoe that I can get my still swollen foot into and I am so… bored with it.
The boots are the main culprits, I was wearing the pair when I broke my ankle.
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.