Sunday, 15th August 2004
When the blackbird activity subsides I switch to drawing a cloud . . . then add chimney pots, the roof, a window and part of a cypress.
This is a Rotring Art Pen (a fountain pen) drawing with colour added using my pod of watercolour crayons (used dry).
A Party by the Pool
It seems to be a week for birthday parties but lighting candles on cakes outside is a team effort and it's a race for our nephew James (this morning) and our friend Malcolm (this afternoon; what a hectic social round) to blow them out before the wind does.
I sketch Daina and Malcolm's grandchildren eating ice cream by the pool - the pool in this case being an inflatable paddling pool. Frank and Corinne might look cute getting creative in the sandpit (top right) but later, when I'm sitting on the bench drawing their youngest brother Billy, I turn to ask them what they're up to:
'She told me to put this worm on your head!' says Frank.
I first drew Dawn, Daina and Malcolm's daughter, when she was at school. Today, four children and a number of years later, she hasn't changed that much.
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