Gallop

 

I remember a children’s programme I used to watch when I was a child. The theme song included the line “on white horses”, but I have very little memory about the show or the rest of the music. sketch-1546645322237.png

There were many programmes with horses then. Including the Lone Ranger. A children’s TV show called Follyfoot I think, and another called the adventures of Black Beauty based on the story by Anna Sewell.

I remember always drawing horses. My favourites were dappled grey ones. It’s not as frequent an obsession now, and as there are fewer horses and ponies on TV, I don’t get the chance to look at them very often….. Other memories include going on holiday to Dorset as a child and seeing a white horse carved into the hillside, and hearing that a rough sea with white topped waves was said to have “white horses” on it.

Life does seem to move at the gallop now. So many things change as you get older. I suppose we are living in the most technologically rapidly changing times in human history. Not long ago horses were used on farms to haul plows. Dray horses to pull brewery carts, and even to work down mines and pull canal barges. How times change

Seasons greetings

Christmas day has arrived, our artificial Christmas tree is finally up and decorated and has only been attacked a few times by one of my cats.

I’ve spread her toys around in the hope she will find them more interesting. we could open our presents but I still have a few to wrap. Its almost 2am but I have to wait for my partner to go to bed. Currently he’s watching a compilation programme with old pop songs, from pet shop boys to 10cc and boy George.

I’ve just started making a sherry trifle…blackcurrany jelly with sponge fingers, half a pint of sherry and fresh rasberries. To be topped with strawberry blancmange (some people use custard ..yuk). Then topped with whipped cream……

Waiting for the jelly to set in the fridge. Then I’ll make the blancmange so hopefully its set by the morning.

The drawing was one of my first digital drawings, done around the end of the 80’s?

You can tell how old it is, you can see the pixels!

I know that not everyone is religious or follows a particular faith. I just wanted to wish everyone, whatever your beliefs a better future and a measure of peace.

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Drawing emotions

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Sad or sadness?

Down turned mouth and soulful eyes,

A flicker of tears moisten the lashes.

A sigh finds its way stifled by closed lips.

What made that face?

A drawing application,

Or my thoughts dragged from finger to screen.

A digital frown of sorrow….

A sigh finally escapes.

No I’m not feeling sad but I just thought I would try and draw emotions. I would like to do a series of simple pictures to express different feelings.

Light and dark

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I was watching a programme about Joseph Wright, a famous painter from Derby who used chiarascuro to paint fantastic images, from blacksmiths at work to factories and landscapes. His first painting that was bought for the city of Derby. It was paid for by public donation. It was called the Alchemist. Later in his life he went on a grand tour of Europe.  He painted the volcano Vesuvius as an explosion of red lava and dark boiling clouds of smoke and ash.

I tried to do a quick digital sketch of what I saw but it was too complex to represent so I made up my own idea. This was drawn in ArtRage oils and the metallic setting was on about 50%.

I used the drawing tool on 100% for the wider brush strokes and 50% and 25% for the thinner lines. I also had the phone in its side so the image is in landscape format.

 

Looking at me

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Research has found that if you have a picture of an eye or eyes looking at you there is less chance that you will do something bad. I heard that someone put a picture of eyes on her packed lunch because her food would go missing from the fridge. It worked and it stopped happening. There are also posters you can put up in shops and offices to reduce petty theft. its funny what influences up,

I wonder if I should do the same in our fridge, I buy nice ingredents, only to find they are gone when I come to make a meal, or have a snack, strangely none of the ingredients that need cooking ever go…..

But eyes in the fridge?  I think it would put me off cooking!