We have to bring in the water, have a composting toilet and a friend who freezes ice packs for us so we can stay for longer periods of time. We take up a huge box of books, Steve takes his banjo and the cat, and I knit or nap.
(here) I stayed at a very nice B&B (link) and had lovely meals out. The course, taught by Emma FitzGerald (here) was wonderful. We learned about sketching buildings, outdoor spaces, people and finding the courage to be in public while drawing. There was a complete range of drawing skills from two potters who never drew, to two very accomplished drawers (as opposed to dressers or bureaus (all three words are homonyms, what a surprise.)
|My first ever, ever drawing while sitting in public and that includes sneaking little doodles in lectures when bored. This is a big sketch book, no hiding behind it, but I tried.|
|The Lunenburg Bump, except it isn't. I could not get the geometry. Awful isn't it, except...it was a worthy effort.|
|I tried a different bump, figuring it was the bump's fault, not mine.|
|Here, Emma Fitzgerald looked over my shoulder and coached me, then I went to my B&B and outlined the correct lines in a thicker market, so I could feel how the lines were drawn.|
|I think we tackled this on our second afternoon. Sweet Henry in Chocolate Bar, it was impossible. See below.|
|After a while, and several efforts, I drew a dragon and blew the whole thing up. In frustration, I turned the chair 180 degrees and saw this.|
|Much simpler. It turns out, this house has a ghost story attached to it, about a boy who can be seen through the upper window and who can be heard playing the violin. I added the ghost figure later on, after hearing the story.|
|I started to feel that not all things were impossible with this drawing.|
|We went to the Lunenburg market and did gestural drawings of people. I liked this exercise a lot.|
|Then we had to draw something more specific and add colour. I think these two turned out alright.|
|A home with many, many artifacts was loaned to us for an afternoon and we spent a lovely two hours sketching and painting. This is a nook in the kitchen. I am proud of it, especially compared to my first drawing.|
|Steve and I did a couple of outdoor sketching events while at the camp. This is the cemetery in Port Medway, looking over the harbour. It painted up rather well, also, but where or where did I put it?|
Back home, our daughter was with us for a fun week, my son celebrated his 29th !!!! birthday, Steve and I remembered we have been married for 30 years and both my camera and computer came back from repairs. All exciting for different reasons.
And now I return, to discover that the readership has plummeted. No surprise since I posted nothing for weeks. Dear readers, please come back and/or pass it on, Cloudmongers and Soup is back and at'em.