Most evenings our cat, Captain Haddock, sits on our couch with us. He tends to sit next to my wife though (resting his head on her lap…very cute). For some reason he doesn’t like to sit next to me – perhaps because I can’t resist stroking his lovely soft fur….and that annoys him?
Here is a little sketch of one of my fountain pens – made by Cross. It was bought for me by my parents and languished for a long time, not getting used. I have recently started using it, not for sketching, but for actually writing things down (not that I do a lot of that anymore in the digital age).
This ladle and slice are something we were either given or bought in Cambodia (my terrible memory), but yesterday we used them to serve something and I realised how tarnished they are. So I decided to give them a polish. I’m not really sure if they are silver, but they shine up nicely.
Here is my sketch from last night – just a doodle of a charger and cable, which my wife said was an odd choice of subject. This is one of those subjects where you struggle to differentiate between the different blacks.
On Sunday I finally had time to do a longer sketch with my friend @TheArtofBeingPresent. We are still on lock down here (or at least all the amenities where we live are closed) so I had to draw inside again and took the easy option of just sketching the end of my desk. That shoebox is full of my most recent sketchbooks…but there is a shelf full in the living room as well.
I have seen some of my favourite sketchers, drawing their collection of shoes….I only have a few pairs and have drawn them all before, so I am drawing someone else’s. Apparently these shoes were left behind by our younger daughter before she went to the UK. No doubt we paid a fortune for them when they were new. Since then my wife has been occasionally wearing them…with mismatched laces.
Here is my sketch from last night – you can see that I sometimes struggle to think of things to draw…just taking things out of the fridge these days. This is not a chilli pepper – just a sweet bell pepper. I often think that this is what real bell peppers look like, rather than those huge bloated unnaturally perfect looking ones you get in the UK elsewhere.
Since lockdown the vegetable seller we go to in the local market has been kind enough to deliver her produce to us. Yesterday she gave us a freebie – this pumpkin which she said was a gift from the provinces. I am thinking I should cook something special with it.
It’s been my habit recently to sketch any new paint that I buy (or I am given). I ordered these two tubes from ArtWhale (a local store) – Holbein Artist Watercolor (made in Japan). ArtWhale have a good range of colours in this brand, they are affordable and do home delivery. What more could you ask for? The colours are pretty fundamental (to me at least): Burnt Sienna and Pyrrole Red.
Here is another bottle of booze (Cointreau) that we have had hanging around our house for years. We do actually like to drink it sometimes and didn’t just buy it because it’s in such a lovely bottle!…however it really has been in the house for a long, long time.