usual pattern is errands, visits, appointments and jobs throughout the
day then by mid-evening at last having time to think 'what shall I draw?';
hence the fruit bowls, coffee tables and domestic bits and pieces that
have been appearing in this so-called nature diary recently.
Today, just before the light faded, I sat down for a break with a mug
of milky chai (a suitably spicy drink for this time of year) and drew
the bird feeder as a willow tit repeatedly visited it.
A great tit showed up too.
This is what I desperately need right now: more time to draw, preferably
during daylight hours, preferably somewhere out there in the wider world,
rather than sitting here at the dining room table.
It's a start though. But I need to work in colour again!
The Classics Reclassified
but you can't buy this in the shops! A few weeks ago, I was discussing
with my mum a book I remember we had when I was a child, The Classics
Reclassified (1961), by Richard Armour, 'in which
certain famous books are not so much digested as indigested, together
with mercifully brief biographies of their authors, a few unnecessary
footnotes, and questions which it might be helpful not to answer.'
Our copy disappeared long ago but as my mum said she'd like to read it
again, I got our local bookseller, Rickaro, to track
down a copy.
Moby Dick, Silas Marner, David Copperfield
and The Iliad are amongst the books that get 'indigested'. For
instance here's an incident from the seige of Troy that didn't get into
the Bradd Pitt version:
'One warrior is smitten with a javelin that goes in at one temple and
out by another, but he is unharmed because he is not in either temple
at the time.'
Yes, the book is pretty much as I remember it! As it had no cover, and
it's a Christmas gift for my mum (don't tell her!), I soon designed one
in Microsoft Publisher, using one of Campbell Grant's
cartoons from the book.
There's a library stamp on the flyleaf; this copy evidently once sat
on a shelf on the Royal Navy's HMS Bellerophon.
Richard Bell, firstname.lastname@example.org