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Sketching Fractures, Artists, Whisky and Song

Sketch of Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar
Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar

It’s Sketch Book Skool time of year! I have signed up to six weeks of ‘Stretching’ with Jonathan Twingley as our first teacher and it has given me a timely nudge to loosen up away from my formal architectural drawings.  So, as a change from streets, here are a few pages from my sketchbook made over the weekend.

Starting with a long wait in the fracture clinic and a great excuse to draw a few faces, I’m pleased to say that all my fractures are well on the mend and I have now been signed off.

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Waing room at North Staffordshire Hospital Fracture Clinic

Our first Sketchbook Skool assignment with Jonathan Twingley has been playing around with ink splats – drawing freely in ink and seeing what takes shape. His work is extraordinary and well worth having a look.

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Drawing the Sketch Book Skool teacher – Jonathan Twingley

This has been a great weekend to draw as we have had our friends Bill and Lucky Steve here, a winning Stoke game and another whisky festival to draw:

sketchof whisky bottles
There were quite a few more of these sketches but this one will do. They got considerably looser.

Finally, this great weekend was rounded up by a meal out and a musical treat.

pen and ink drawing of the Armoury Shropshire
Bottles over the fireplace at the Armoury, Shropshire

We first listened to Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar play at the 2014 Shrewsbury Folk Festival – they were brilliant! Last night they were playing in Shrewsbury at the Morris Hall. They really are excellent and worth a listen, you can hear some of their tracks through the links on their website.

pen and ink sketch of guitars
Waiting for Ciaran and Greg
sketch of greg russell Ciaran Algar
Quick sketches in Moleskine sketchbook of Greg and Ciaran
season in your arms sketch
Greg and Ciaran sing the beautiful ‘A Season in Your Arms

Back to normal with the next post – I have just completed Micklgate, York which will soon appear on the website www.drawingthestreet.co.uk.

Thanks for reading.

Ronnie

Sketching the Week

Half a Guinness and a Pint of Pale Rider
Half a Guinness and a Pint of Pale Rider

Some years ago, I came across a book called “Everyday Matters” by Danny Gregory. It’s a moving and uplifting book, all sketches and handwritten notes, a jounal of the everyday moments of his life. I’ve since bought several other books of his, noticing each time how his sketching changed as his skill grew from daily practice.

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I have just completed my first week of Danny’s online sketching school, six weeks and six different teachers offering their tips on drawing. Some 800 plus sketchers have signed up from all over the globe, sketching and posting our most ordinary but meaningful moments. I’m hoping that this will give me the practise and discipline to join that wonderful community Urban Sketchers, so I can really get into the ribs of drawing streets on the hoof.

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Let sleeping cats lie

Somehow, capturing our own everyday matters really helps us see our surroundings with fresh eyes, no matter what the subject is….

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Using the other sort of paintbrush

All these sketches took between 5 and 15 minutes.

Nina, our Chesapeake Bay retreiver, sunbathing
Nina, our Chesapeake Bay retreiver, sunbathing
cats on the wheelie bins
Sunbathing cats
Spring Daffodils by the roadside
Spring Daffodils by the roadside
Poundland site on Bridge Street, Newcastle under Lyme
Clearing the former Poundland site on Bridge Street, Newcastle under Lyme
Contour drawing of Norman and Ollie, our Burmese cats.
Five minute contour line drawing of Norman and Ollie, our warring cats.

Thanks for reading and more sensible stuff on the next post…Burslem in technicolour!