Hardheads and Rushes

Saturday, 3rd September 2005, page 1 of 2


How long is it since I took time off to go down the garden and just sat and draw for the pleasure of it?

Well, it seems like a long time, but it's so simple to do: I just decide to award myself twenty minutes between all the catching up we're doing. Resisting the temptation to spend five minutes brushing the bird droppings off the old bench on the lawn I sit down on it and start drawing the spiky rushes in front of me.


A Constellation of Hardheads

I soon realise that most of this clump, apart from a few dried grass stems (probably Yorkshire Fog), consists of the knobbly seedheads of knapweed, also known as hardheads.

The stems are blowing about a bit in a gentle breeze which you might think would make such a crossed-over arrangement impossible to draw but I find the way around that is to concentrate on the relative positions of the hardheads. They might sway from left to right a little but the relative heights remain the same; the seedheads don't slide up and down the stems at the same time.

I imagine triangles connecting each group of three seedheads and continue from there, as if I was mapping a constellation. Next Page

Richard Bell, richard@willowisland.co.uk