Rain from the North
Monday, 1st December 2003
Richard Bell's Wild West Yorkshire nature diary
Previous Page | This Month | Home
Page | Next Page
veils of low grey rain cloud trundle out of the north in gloomy
procession. It hasn't brightened up all day and by three with just
a hour or so of so-called daylight to go, I decide to walk out to
the postbox and pick up a bottle of milk from the garage.
dunnock shakes the raindrops off as it perches
in a garden shrub.
Some of the desiccated ear fungus that I've been
recording on an old elder in a neighbour's
garden since I started this diary has swelled to fleshy rubbery-ness
The fallen leaves have turned limp and soggy, their warm colours
faded to almost universal peat brown.
laurels and ivy provide dark masses of evergreen foliage but today
the brightest green is that of the algae on a a sycamore trunk.
Mist over Langsett
I've decided to take a break from walking for the moment - I'm
nearly half way through revising the walks for my Village Walks
in West Yorkshire and, as it's turned out, this is the ideal
day to stay indoors.
a way of getting to know my new desktop publishing program FreeHand
thoroughly I'm turning the sketches I made on a 40 mile (three day)
walk in November into a little sketchbook, Mist over Langsett,
to send out to friends.
I've had a break from producing booklets over the past year so
I'm looking forward to getting back into production: I've got so
Unlike the web, where you can add page after page if you like,
with a book you've got a finite number of pages, each one a regular
size. The way I'm doing it these will have to be in multiples of
12, so I've done a rough storyboard (right) to work out
how the 38 sketches will fit onto the 24 pages.
fold up scraps of paper to work out the pagination - how the pages
will fit onto an oversize A3 sheet and how they'll fold up to produce
a booklet that's a little under 6 inches squares - that's about
the size of my chunky black spiral bound sketchbook (below,
right) , which is just small enough to fit in my bum-bag when
I set off on a walk, in which I made the original pen and ink and
My Mist over Langsett sketchbook is intended to be a
very simple affair, a quick project to get me in the swing of things
again, but artist's journals and artist's
books can be more or less anything that their creator wants
them to be - multi-media collages, one-offs and so not necessarily
limited - like mine - to what you might be able to put through your
Danny Gregory in New York pointed me in the direction
of the artistsjournals2
group on Yahoo! It's a group that gives a lot of encouragement
to artists at all levels and, amongst its members, there's a great
fund of experience and knowledge of materials and where to find
them. Some members have put examples of their work online. There's
a sense of celebration about many of the pages - and of playful
As Danny says; 'You have to sign up to see the lay of the land
but it just takes an email or two and is virtually instant.'
Previous Page | This Month | This
day in 2001 | Home Page |