Today was a lovely day - got up late after a late night last night, walked the dogs, went food shopping. D spent the afternoon watching golf and as I have no interest whatsoever in watching any kind of sport I did other things, including this drawing.
The first sketch was done last night - I had a very busy day yesterday and didnt get to draw until about 9pm. I thought I wasnt going to get anything done and I might break the spell by having a day without sketching but just about managed to produce this while D was watching X2. The second one was done this afternoon - what a beautiful day! We drove round all morning doing various chores and came back with toys for the rabbit then sat outside watching him play - his favourite was the shoe box we got with D's new shoes... I dont usually tackle boats - not my strong point - but I made a brave attempt at our neighbour's boat - something I wouldnt normally be bothered to do without the incentive of this blog. We are a bit worried about our neighbour as we havent seen him for ages...
I was feeling a bit discouraged about my drawing today after looking at so many wonderful sketchblogs. Then I watched the Ira Glass interview on You Tube (one day I will learn how to link to this!) and felt a bit better. Mind you I have been sketching on and off for years..... I feel as if I havent improved much. But I will keep trying!
My new art stuff from Heaton Cooper hasnt arrived yet - it's very difficult receiving parcels from a boat - it never quite seems to work. I just hope it hasnt got lost somewhere.
It's been such a lovely day today, and we were sitting outside the boat enjoying a glass of wine. I attempted to sketch my little menagerie, Chester the golden retriever, Molly the shih tzu and Binky the rabbit. It's the first time I've tried to draw Binky. I dont know how anyone can draw animals from life - they keep moving!
When I was a young enthusiastic art student I used to take my sketchbook everywhere and draw everthing - even things like rubbish in a bin and railway tracks! Nowadays I am a lot lazier, and when searching for a subject usually veer by default towards animals or people. I'm trying to get back that energy I used to have, and the passion to draw everything and anything. That's part of what this blog is about.
My name is Angie Wood and I live on a narrowboat on the beautiful Oxford canal.
A long time ago in the eighties I studied Art and Design at Goldsmiths College and went on to be a paste up artist and then a graphic designer. I’ve never stopped painting and drawing though – I painted pet and animal portraits for a while and over the past two years have begun creating small oil paintings of vintage objects, textiles and flowers. I collect items from fleamarkets to paint and my little narrowboat is getting fuller all the time! I’m particularly delighted by colourful patterns on textiles and ceramics and I also love painting reflective surfaces. I’m usually attracted to items from the early part of the twentieth century, which bring back memories of my great aunts’ and grandmother’s cosy houses. My artistic aim is to pay homage to the things I paint by observing them as closely as I can, and to create something beautiful that will hopefully make people as happy as I was when I was making it!