These were my goals for 2017:-
- Write a minimum of one short story per month;
- Write a minimum of one poem per month;
- Write the 1st draft of Morgan, the 5th of the Artisan-Sorcerer series;
- Paint, draw & photograph;
- Take up swimming again.
#4: Throughout 2017 I was sketching in Birkenhead Park again. If you scroll down this page, or use the menu to go to the Art page, you can watch a video slideshow of these sketches, plus previous years' work. I've finally begun the first in a planned series of oil and watercolour paintings in this theme. Watch this blog for progress reports!
Why Birkenhead Park? I often walk my dogs there, and it proved too tempting not to start carrying a small sketchbook in my pocket. That's all anyone needs in order to to go sketching: a pad and a pen or pencil.
The park is an important green space in a heavily built-up area, and offers a range of subjects for any painter - woodland copses, ponds, wildlife, buildings, bridges, meadows... The sketches tend to be done very quickly out of necessity, as people and wildlife move continually. Some of my sketches of people look more like cartoons, probably due to the rapid speed that they're drawn at.
I find myself attracted by the shapes of old trees, and will continue to sketch their twisted, arching, gnarled forms. Winter's great for this as their shapes aren't hidden behind foliage, but then summery leaf coverage brings another whole range of shapes and tones to explore.
I've done quite a bit of photography around the park, too, and I plan to use my photos in conjunction with sketches. I use photography as a reference but don't reproduce "reality" exactly as I'm more interested by impression, atmosphere and the effects of light.
So, it's time to create my goals for 2018!
- Finish writing the 1st draft of Morgan;
- (Then if I've done #1) Write one short story per month;
- (If I've done #1) Write one poem per month;
- Paint, draw, sketch & photograph!