Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Inktober 2017 Complete

Can I come in now?



October. Day 31. The last day of this years inktober finds me back where I started the month, down by the river at The Hepworth Wakefield.

And now what am I to do. Do I carry on drawing outside?

Monday, 30 October 2017

Drawing in a cemetery


I was hear last Monday. A bit of the graveyard behind St. James Church on Denby Dale Road. It's cold today. I went running earlier but then had a cup of coffee and a mince pie at the supermarket further up the road, which warmed me up enough to go drawing for an hour at  the Church.

I felt a bit conspicuous, never sure if other people see it as disrespectful to draw in a cemetery. I know as a kid grave rubbing was highly frowned upon. Anyway. Just me. And the birds, and a dog barking, and men hammering away on an extension on a house nearby. And the trains trundling by. It's really close to train tracks.

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Haunting Oakenshaw Viaduct






Oakenshaw Viaduct, Walton Colliery Nature Park.

This was just way too ambitious. The perspective is wrong. Should be more fish eye than anything. Too many bricks and stones. Anyway, had an extra hour this morning so I feel ahead of the game. Cold, but not that cold. Did explore up to the top as far as I could go. Felt a bit creepy. Decades of skivers bunking off school haunting the archways.

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Walton Colliery Nature Park

Walked up a bit of the old Barnsley Canal, Crossed the road Oakenshaw Lane to Walton Colliery Nature Park and drew bridge HPC/5.

Friday, 27 October 2017

Drawing outside, but not for much longer

Drawing outside #inktober2017 Day 27. One of those cold but warm days. Thornes Park, looking West over to Gillsike House. There is a flowery nectar smell where I'm standing and it seems to be attracting flies. Let them play in the remaining hours of their short lives.

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Low Light Levels



It's a low light level day. Lights on in the house type low level light. It seems sensible to head up the hill to Sandal Castle rather than lurking around shady woods. It's October half term and there are lots of people, young families, dog walkers cyclists, power walkers using the place. A pack of boys are giddy excited at climbing the 'rocks', playing tig just don't cut it any more.


Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Pet Cemetery, Thornes Park

Running in the park. Did a bit of drawing afterwards. Gravestones in the pet cemetery. I did hear that 'My Mouse' was a horse.

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

I can see my house from up here



Todays outside drawing feels like a bit of a cheat. I ventured 500 yards around the back of the allotments to the Oakenshaw Flood Alleviation Scheme. I can see the embankments from my kitchen window. It's on my doorstep but I don't go here. There's no reason apart for the sake of a short walk. I have to ask for directions on how to get to where I want. There are some secret steps that get me to a prime spot. I'm looking down on my house in the Coal Yard. A view I don't normally see.

Weather is too windy to draw straight lines. The clouds are racing with the sun creating dramatic cloudscapes and shadows. Totally different from my perspective from inside the house.

I can receive my Wi-Fi connection from here.