Bereavement

I’m very sad to say that my Dad passed away quite suddenly on Wednesday last week following complications from surgery.

I’ll be taking a break from the blog for a week or so. I apologise in advance if I forget to reply to comments.

Sorry, I have no words for this.

Herne the Hunter

I’m afraid I am still unwell – on a second round of differrent anitibiotics. So here is a another sketch done while waiting on the phone for 111. I did begin with some very light pencils but I forgot to photograph that stage. Instead, we begin with a very light ink sketch of this beuatiful buck…

I was thinking here about using the ink pen as a primary drawing instrument rather than a secondary tool to go over pencils. This gave the whole thing a different feel. I gradually worked in both details and deeper tones…

The photo above was taken about half way through…

… and this one was taken when my inks were complete. I then used black watercolour paint and white gouache to add deeper tones and brighter highlights. Here is the finished picture…

Normal service will be resumed soon…

I’m so sorry, I’m not very well at the moment. Nothing serious – just a chest infection, but I’ve not been able to sort out any art for the blog this week – apologies. (I’m Covid negative thankfully.)

I tried to go to bed earlier and this is what I found…

Then ensued a small, but rather fiercly fought, battle of wills, with me asking if I could possibly get into my own bed and explaining to my little kitty cat that there are four cat beds in the flat which she might sleep in.

To which she seemed to reply (I was running a bit of a temperature so I’m not 100% sure)…

“I am a dark Lord of the Sith and I will hunt you down and kill you if you try to sleep here!!!”

What followed was a certain amount of her being fierce and grumpy and refusing to give ground and then me getting into bed anyway. She did try a little bit of light clawing after that but she was told “no!” quite firmly – so she hid.

Eventually though, I lured her out with the offer of cat treats, which brought her safely back to the light side!!!

See you all soon. 😊

PS: While looking for a meme for this page I ran across an excellent science teacher meme which I updated a little…