Thursday, 3 May 2012

White Rabbit

I know I'm not alone in this but sometimes I feel like the White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland .... "I'm late, I'm late, for a very important date. No time to say Hello, Goodbye! I'm late, I'm late, I'm late!!!". With a number of household and family projects that I've taken on since retiring, and given that it's one of the busiest times for the garden,  I seem to have less time than ever for my art. Still, I am getting things done and enjoying catching up on things that have been left far too long.

My art forum forces me to at least dabble with my brushes as I like to take part in all the projects. I painted my square for the Picture Puzzle. Look at the picture at the top of my side bar called "Making art fun". My square is in the top right hand corner of the picture - the body of the bird hanging off the side of the tree trunk.

I also painted this goose for the Monthly Painting Project.




As a treat for myself, I spent an hour yesterday with my pencils and knocked out this Daffodil. It wasn't intended to be a 'proper drawing', just a bit of fun, but it's turned out reasonable and so I might do a bit more to it ... especially the background.


And these small and quick pictures are all it takes to keep me in touch with my art and to 'scratch the itch'. Anyway, can't stop. I'm late, I'm late ......


24 comments:

  1. Your goose is delightful, John. I am swamped with office work right now, so I understand exactly how you feel.

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    1. Oh, the joys of office work. I remember it well. ;-)
      Thanks Kathryn.

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  2. Reasonable, he says.... it's a fabulous daffodil!!! And I love the goose too! Good luck with your busy retirement, take care!

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    1. Thank you Judy, you're too kind. ;-)

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  3. The goose is so cute, but the daffodil is really wonderful. I love the light and shadows.

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    1. Thank you very much Linda, and thank you for visiting my blog.

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  4. Hello John:) It's nice to hear you "rest" a lot since your retirement:) I love the goose. He is very cute and the colors are beautiful. The daffodil is realy nice! Great job!

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    1. Rest? REST? LOL. It's true I'm very busy but loving every minute of it. Thanks for the nice comment Renate. ;-)

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  5. "Knocked out this Daffodil"??? Are you serious, lol! The Goose is amazing too. You should visit Studio at the Farm (link on my side bar) She has just painted the very same subject :0)

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    1. Thank you very much Sandra, glad you like them. I looked at Kathryn's goose ... it's fabulous.

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  6. Love them both, keep doing what your doing John, your art is amazing.

    All the best to you,
    Joan

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    1. What a lovely comment Joan, Thank you very much.

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  7. I'm glad you're taking a little time out for painting! Love the two pieces...the daffodil is excellent, John.! I hope to see more flowers!

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    1. Thank you Hilda. I'm keen to try some flowers with coloured pencils so we'll see what happens.

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  8. They are both gorgeous pieces. Consider that itch successfully scratched :) xx

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    1. It certainly was Pat. Thank you very much. ;-)

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  9. Love your goose...and that glare ! And I agree, you should finish the daffodil, coming along beautifully.

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    1. Yes, I'm going to do some more to the Daffodil Jane. Thank you very much.

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  10. I 'love' your daffodil - the shadows are wonderful. The painting block is one of my favorite projects so far. I really like the yellow flowing through it. Always make time for your art - your talent deserves it.

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    1. What a lovely thing to say Trudy. Thank you very much.

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  11. I so can relate (except I'm not retired). I seem to be running around like a headless chicken with far too many things to do.

    I love both the goose and the daff, perfect spring symbols. What happened with your rainy window?

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    1. Sue, like you, I'm always happiest when I've got plenty to do. A bit more time for art would be good, but that will come.

      My "Rain Stops Play" drawing has achieved what I'd hoped. The exhibition opened today and despite the drawing being poorly sited (below chest level) a number of people stooped for a closer look and I overheard a few nice comments. It's not the sort of image people want to hang on their walls, so I'm not expecting it to sell. I only wanted it to hold it's own among the watercolours and oils, and it's doing that. Thanks for your interest, it means a lot. ;-)

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  12. love the daffodil dwg at this stage john .

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    1. Thank you Jane. I hope you like it as much now it's finished.

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