Wednesday, 17 May 2017
Everything is a Drawing Opportunity...
Yesterday, John and I had to drive out into Derbyshire, to the village of Rowsley, to visit a lovely art gallery called Gallery Top. We were looking for a 50th birthday present for a friend. We weren't after a painting, but a piece of nice and unusual jewellery. The gallery in Rowsley has both paintings and jewellery, as well as glassware and ceramics. It was a feast for the eyes and we got what we needed (which I would show you, except I can't be 100% certain that my friend won't be looking in!).
Anyway, I took a sketchbook with me, because I felt in the mood for a bit of drawing. It was such a lovely drive, I decided to rise to the challenge of sketching out of the car window as we were going along. I've done this many times before. It is always quite hard-going and fairly frustrating, because the roads twist and turn. Which means that, as well as everything rushing past the windows at a crazy rate, the perspective of the road in front is constantly changing.
I did my best though. These are the most successful of the half a dozen I ended up with. The trick is to keep building up the image with bits stolen from the new views which enter the windscreen. And of course to draw like the clappers! One things for certain - the concentration it takes makes the journey disappear, so you are home in the blink of an eye.