This is the entrance to the little development where my parents lived. Despite appearances it’s not that old (built maybe 25 years ago)…however visitors to Lavenham sometimes wander in to the close and take photographs thinking it’s as old as the rest of the village (parts of which are medieval)! As I was drawing this I noticed the telephone pole and cables and was reminded of the Philippines.
This is the two seat sofa that my mum and dad used to sit in when we were visiting. I drew them sitting in this several times (most recently in December 2018). Sadly my dad is no longer with us and my mum has moved to a nursing home. It’s odd being in the house without them.
I am now in the UK, visiting family before heading back to the Philippines. Here is my first sketch done in Lavenham of the bakery in the town square, on a lovely sunny afternoon.
On my last full day in Lavenham I decided to go out and sketch something iconic in the village. This is the guildhall – a 16th century building. While I was sketching several tourists strolled past and I overheard one mention this as the birthplace of Harry Potter! Obviously as he is fictional it is not – but I think several buildings in Lavenham do feature in the films and scenes of Godric’s Hollow.
Here is one of my last sketches at my parents house – just a random view with a cat of course. To the right is one of my overstuffed suitcases ready for my homeward journey back to the Philippines.
Slumped in front of the telly on Boxing Day I looked up and decided to sketch what I could see hanging from the ceiling – decorations hanging from the light fitting. My mum and dad have an enormous collection of Christmas frippery, so they tend to get hung all over the place.
Here is another evening sketch. My dad bought my mum some more roses…a perfect sketching subject. On top of the cabinet is a little DVD player, which may have seemed fancy a few years ago but these days seems rather antiquated when so many people stream movies.
I am a bit behind posting sketches again, as I have been down in Brighton. This one was done at my parents house last Friday playing around with a new set of Faber-Castell brush pens (plus some watercolour).
Here is a quick doodle from the other evening – these roses are looking a bit tired in real lift, but my drawing seems to make them look more alive!
On Monday I sought out a bench in the sun near the church in Lavenham (St. Peter and St. Paul’s) and found a nice spot to sketch round the back. Despite the brief spell of sunshine I had to do this pretty quickly as I soon began to feel the cold.