Wednesday, 19 February 2014

A Drawing of My Walk

Hello Lovelies,
thank you so much for all the sweet comments on my crochet primroses.
As 2014 progresses I'm continuing to enjoy two main forms of creativity....Crochet and Drawing.

I bought a new A4 sketchbook a few weeks ago and I've been slightly intimidated by it. I just love it's purple  cover.........


but all that was inside it till a few days ago were some cute pigs.........

I really like these sketchbooks and being from Yorkshire originally, this makes me smile.

But what should I draw?
It's  a year since my first tentative attempt at drawing. It was the beauty of nature around me which inspired that snowy picture......it's the first picture in THIS post if you havn't seen it before.

This year we haven't seen any snow so  it's the little signs that spring is approaching that have inspired me. My walk last week .....which I wrote about  HERE .......provided lots of images that I wanted to include in my drawing .

But first a little about my inspirations for this picture.........

My regular readers will know how much I've been enjoying Susan Branch's book and  blog....her beautiful handwriting and the sweet little paintings dotted throughout her work are things I love.




Then there is my love of Edith Holden's style, beautiful illustrations of nature throughout the year with hand written notes and poems



There is also the interesting concept of Journalling. A sort of mixture of diary and sketchbook. I particularly like the beautiful and interesting work Diane creates in her various Journals HERE

Am I going on a bit....get to the picture Jacquie! O.K.

Here is my initial sketch .........this was done in a cheap A4 sketchbook.........


And here is  the finished drawing.....

I'm so pleased with how it turned out :0)

There's a lot going on...as there usually is in my pictures, but this is the first time I've attempted anything like this.

 I loved being able to include all the sweet images I wanted to capture.
 There had to be Snowdrops. They were the first thing I drew............


And I also had to include the Aconites I spotted for the first time this year...........



The Catkins are wonderful at the moment too, so I popped them into the top corner..........



I had fun with the little details like the "Weather Report" and the muddy wellies..........



Infact the wellies ended up as a border decoration......they were a bit of a pain to do and some of them look rather odd, but they make me smile...........


If you look back at my walk POST you can see the photo I copied these figures from...........

I'm very happy how they came out.

In fact I loved the mixture of accurate drawing and whimsical illustrative bits...........


It's been hard to take a reasonable photo of the whole picture due to the low light levels we have at the moment, but I had to share this latest drawing/journalling project with you lovelies........

You can click on the picture to see it bigger in a light box.

I enjoyed working on this drawing so much. I do hope this isn't a "one-off" and I manage to keep recording some simple, happy things from my day in this way.

I would like to experiment a bit more and maybe include a photo or two next time...or some collage.

I suppose I could keep my whole sketchbook for Journalling......maybe.
Thanks for coming with me on my creative journey lovelies, it's so much more fun when I can share it with you.

Jacquie x

63 comments:

  1. This is a great modern take on the Country Diary...I think you should do one a month for the year...it would be a great memento to look back on.....mind you I am an art journaller, so maybe I am biased!

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  2. This is fantastic, you should be proud - what a lovely way to document the seasons and your walks. If you do more, they'll be lovely to look back on in future. I'd lovely to do something like this myself, but I have absolutely no creative vision or drawing ability!

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  3. Jacquie your February journal page is fabulous, I love it. You are so talented and such a precious memory.
    luv
    irene
    xxxx

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  4. You are so talented - it's fantastic. x

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  5. How beautiful. I really look forward to what you will do in the future x

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  6. What a lovely new drawing. I love all the details, right down to your decorated wellies! At this rate, you'll soon have enough drawings to make a book! That would be an interesting idea to pursue!

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  7. This is superb Jacquie, so beautifully captured and a wonderful memory for years to come. You are very talented, I look forward to seeing more of your walks sketched here. Love your sweet primroses too, another beautiful creation xox thanks always for your fun inspiration xox

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  8. Baeutiful work Jacquie. I agree that you should do one month each year. Who knows, you could be making calendar like Susan B!

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  9. This is sooo lovely Jacquie. It would make a beautiful calender...something to look into maybe?

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  10. It is just lovely you really are talented. I agree with others about doing one a month.

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  11. Beautiful february...like the others !

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  12. Love your style! Feeling inspired . . .

    The calendar idea sounds great.

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  13. Jacquie,
    Superb journalling. I love it!
    I borrowed the book "Country Diary of An Edwardian Lady" from the library, after your praise about it. I enjoyed reading it. Looks like "Nature Notes...." happens to be its predecessor. So I have yet to read it. Looks like you have both these books.
    I have learnt a lot from your blog. I have been feeding birds on my balcony this winter (much against the rules of my condominium community). Edith Holden wrote that she swept the snow off the grass and put some bread and rice for the birds. That is precisely what I did. I also hung some peanuts in an onion sack mesh. And now I am treated to the presence of cardinals, titmice, sparrows, bluejays and an occasional woodpecker. They make my day in this dreary snow we've been having in eastern US.
    Thanks for sharing your experiences.
    Sapna

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  14. I really like your journalling style of picture. Its the kind of image you would never get fed up with as you keep finding new things in it. xxx

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  15. What a totally inspired drawning. You really have taken the inspiration and made it your own. Really well done.

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  16. Ooh I love it it's great, when we go away to my firends in Suffolk there is a visitors book, that you alway have to complete a page of just like this each visit has a doodle page of all the things you have been up to while you stayed, this reminds me so much of that.
    Clare xx

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  17. I love this drawing! So much to see, and all of it special. Thank you for sharing it! :) samm

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  18. I love your drawing! Drawing is not one of my talents, so thank you for sharing! Art + creative journalling has always been an interest of mine, even if I cannot draw. Your handwriting is absolutely lovely, too. -Autumn

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  19. Ah this is beautiful Jacquie - a wonderful way to record your memories of special times in your life - very innovative to make a 'collage' of those moments!
    Your new sketch book is lovely, and I share your trepidation about making the first mark in something so gorgeous - hence I have a few beautiful books gifted to me that are still awaiting that first impression! Hugs, Joy x

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  20. Jacquie, I am so excited to see your lovely work as you grow your many talents! This Saturday I am signed up to attend a workshop about visual prayer journaling. The instructor has an inspiring and informative website valeriesjodin.com that you may enjoy visiting, and thank you for citing some of the art/books/journals that you have discovered that inspire you :) xx

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  21. I love to see what you're drawing - this one is a treasure.

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  22. Fantastic and I enjoyed your journey so much.

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  23. I think evolving to journaling was only natural for you! The last two posts have blown me away with your creativity. I started researching sketchbooks right after I read your post. Journaling looks fun and satisfying.

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  24. I am so glad I have discovered your blog. It is such a joy to read/see what you've been up to!

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  25. Such a great walk and a beautiful drawing.

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  26. I think you did a wonderful job of your sketches!

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  27. Wow it looks amazing, try and do one a month ,it will look great to look back on.

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  28. U really are so talented its amazing x

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  29. This is one of my favourites! You could do one for every month of the year, as a memory of 2014. You are very talented.

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  30. Oh my you are so talented. I actually read the post a bit at a time and followed the links not seeing your final picture until the end. Absolutely love it and find the concept of journalling with pictures very inspiring - sadly I have not drawing ability, but it is something to aspire to.

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  31. Wow - it's brilliant - I see a 2015 calendar in production !!
    L.x.

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  32. ohhhh! Wish I could draw like that...... love it!

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  33. Your picture is amazing - you are so talented. You must be so pleased with how it turned out. I especially like the wellies and the bird singing. Just beautiful.

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  34. This is really lovely. Having read the other comments, I also think you should do one a month - maybe make it into a calendar for the following year and sell for charity? (Who needs Calendar Girls? :) )

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  35. love the drawings...lovely style x

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  38. WOW! I completely adore your paintings. You are SO good!
    This MUST be published at once!
    A book like this would surely sell .
    Go for it.

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  39. It is beautiful Jacquie, if you don't do something with your art works, I can see that in years to come they will be discovered and published in a book like the diary of a country lady! As people have said above, give it a go!! xx

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  40. Oh now Jacquie - I think you've started something here - I see a calendar! Jane xxx

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  41. hello Jacquie
    Lovely .... truly so!!! It reminds me of nature walks at school where we had to scribble down notes and put in little pressings of leaves and flowers between the pages and drawings to show the route we had taken. Certainly not so good as yours which is delightful. The colours so attract I could sit and look at it for a long time!

    keep well

    Amanda :-)

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  42. Hi Jacquie. I've lurked about on your blog for a while but never commented until now...I love what you have done here. The style is truly gorgeous and a wonderful way to capture memories. This could make a brilliant 'one a month' challenge for you...for us to enjoy! I was obsessed with Edith Holden's Journal when I was younger but have never had a talent for drawing...you need to make the most of yours! Wonderful!
    Yvonne x

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  43. This is so lovely - thanks for sharing!

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  44. Fantastic work! Thank you for all the links too, that will be something to enjoy looking through tonight.

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  45. Awesome drawing! :-) What a lovely way to remember small things from your walks! So many details that I can't decided what I like best!
    Unfortunatly I can't draw but I will pass the idea on to my boyfriend.
    Take care,
    Anne

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  46. Just a beautiful collection of February memories along with eye capturing colours. Wouldn't these make wonderful tea towels to display (not use!!) xx

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  47. Dear Jacquie, I love your blog, crochet and drawings. A kiss from Italy

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  48. That's a lovely way to capture those wet February darah xays! S

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  49. Your drawing is wonderful Jacquie ~ the style and the colours are fab. I definitely think you should do more with the view to maybe publishing some or even doing a calendar. I for one would definitely pay for your work. Thanks so much for sharing it with us :O)xx

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  50. Wow! I love your drawing!!! It's just gorgeous!!!!

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  51. It's simply lovely, Jacquie. This had better be the first of many or I, for one, will be cropping up on your doorstep wearing my cross face!!! ;-) Hxx

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  52. Lovely picture, reminds me of a crochet sampler!

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  53. I haven't commented before now, but I just have to say, I think you should write a book. Well, more like draw a book. :) I LOVE your pictures, they're so cheerful!

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  54. Hi Lovely Jacquie, sorry I have been absent for a few days, it has been one busy week! My goodness your work goes from strength to strength. How talented you are Jacquie, I just adore this picture as it is so interesting with lots of things going on to catch the eye and keep you interested. I do hope you keep it going and publish it! adore the colour. Have a lovely weekend, sending you big hugs and loves
    Dorothy
    :-)xxxxxxxxxxx

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  55. Really lovely, thanks for sharing your walk.

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  56. Wow, that's so beautiful, felt so inspired by it.

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  57. Your artwork has developed beautifully and has a gentle air about it, I love it. I was gifted a journal Xmas before last and you have inspired me to use it! Your colours are lovely on these dull days. x

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  58. Absolutely enchanting! I am inspired to try such a drawing!

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  59. Just catching up with everyone's posts after my cousin has returned to the U.K. Your sketch is gorgeous. So lovely to see your continuing artistic journey.
    Anne xx

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  60. You've inspired me also - I need to keep up with your lovely blog more often! Best wishes and aloha with hugs from a chilly Maui, Ann

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