Tuesday, 29 January 2019


 Just before Christmas I came upon a small book called 'My Year in Small Drawings by Matilda Tristram.  There is lots of sound advice on making the effort  to draw frequently, and I am trying to do one or two tiny sketches each day.  It is more or less working - some days I forget so I make it up on others.

There are hints and suggestions for topics throughout the book, but I have decided to draw what interests me most though when I run out of ideas the hints are useful.

I started on 23rd Dec. by drawing my coffee mug, carriage clock and wrist watch.  Sometimes I will copy something from a photograph or book, or just draw my hand or a shoe - anything within reach.

Each page in the book is divided into 4cm squares which is not too daunting, and there are 12 squares on each page. I aim at filling three squares every day.  I am already starting to want more space, (which seems to be a good sign), and also wanting to add colour.  So far I have been using a very fine pen and putting up with the wrong lines, but am looking forward to using pencil and being able to correct any wrong lines.

 I have taken a few photos and tried to post them without success, and am beginning to wonder if the fault is with my camera and not with my laptop.  Oh dear - I don't want to have to get used to another new gadget!  I'll have to get one of my offspring to look at both for me and give their advice.


The Weaver of Grass said...

That sounds absolutely fantastic Heather. I just cannot draw and now that I shake (Benign Essential Tremor which runs in my family) it would be useless to try = typing is bad enough as I keep missing the keys. Do try and get that camera to computer fault fixed by your family so that we can see some of your work.

Penny said...

Sounds like a brilliant book. Since I haven't felt brilliant having shingles I too have been drawing daily in a small format. My sketches are not brilliant but keep me amused before the next pain killer sends me to sleep.

Gina said...

That sounds like an interesting little book x

Robin Mac said...

What a fascinating book that sounds, and how great that you are doing the sketches every day. I was never much good at drawing but I am worse than useless now that my sight is so poor. I hope you can get your camera/computer problem solved soon, I would love to see soe of your pictures.