Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Indoor plant, outdoor sketches
It's the Mermaid Vine again.
I'm sure it will look very odd to anyone who doesn't draw but for me this sketch represents something of a goal! I'm still struggling with fear of drawing in public even though I carry my book with me every day. I left it behind one day last week as I knew I wouldn't use it. I missed my bus and got in the next one and had to wait ten minutes before it went off. There was no-one else in the bus except the driver who seemed to be staring into space - and I had nothing to draw with! After that I decided I'd leave the little Moleskine I was carrying, and take my little leather bound Winsor & Newton with the nicer paper. I don't like the Moleskine and I've felt like putting a drawing in there was a bit of a waste and perhaps that has also been a barrier.
I saw an EDMer had drawn herself getting her hair coloured and I always thought that would be fun. So yesterday, when it looked like no-one was looking, I did this very quick sketch! I'm trying hard to resist ranting about hairdressers in Geneva again, but even if anyone had noticed it wouldn't have mattered because I won't be going back there again!
Waiting at the bus stop and feeling a little braver after the first sketch, I got the book out and drew a pollarded tree across the road. This time people did notice but I focused very hard on the tree and tried to block everything else out. It was a miracle it looked anything like a tree because my hand was shaking so much! I did find out something useful though. The leather flap on the book is not the hindrance I thought it would be, it provides a useful barrier to passers by trying to sneak a look!