Had a lovely day out today at Baddesley Clinton. Lots of ducklings and goslings around the moat and in the yard near the restaurant. Fabulous house too and we managed to do the 45 minute walk around the grounds which was very pleasant. Shall definitely go again.
I was given a challenge recently to work in a sketchbook with black pages. Whilst we had a break for Half Term I decided to concentrate on 'playing' in this wonderous journal with it's dark sheets full of opportunities … little did I know how hard it would be to come up with ideas.
I decided to develop the moth drawing I had been following since using the moth trap.
Markel oil stick stencilled moth, sketched moth, printed circle and punched circles revealing the page behind ….
More stencilled moths using both positive and negative images and the reverse of the same punched holes mentioned above.
Negative images sponged over and a cut out moth with a map pasted behind it.
Patterns from moth wings - holes punched through. The page folds up to show just one individual image.
This is what we do when we finish a cycle ride. Get together for coffee and cake. Three of us are sporting our new Women on Wheels (WOW) cycling tops. This was an 'Easy Ride' so some of the people were first timers.
Trying very hard to draw moths from my photographs this week. Not happy with these sketches of the Poplar Hawkmoth but will persevere as I do get better the more I practice. Would love to just dive in with some colour, but a bad idea if I cannot get the actual light and shade correct in the first place. The ink version is only half completed and hope to find some time today to do a little more.
I really thought I was not going to get to see the Ravilious exhibition at Compton Verney which ends on 10 June. However, DH suggested that we went on Friday, but then changed his mind when rain was forecast. We eventually went on Saturday and, although it was a grey start to the day, it eventually got out hot and sunny. Both the Ravilious exhibition and the 'Created in Conflict' exhibition which is running alongside it are well worth going to see. We managed to take in the 1 hour guided talk too which was fascinating. The grounds were looking stunning with the wildflower meadow just beginning to bloom with dog daisies.