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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sunday morning, early (ish).West Parade Burial Ground. Google tells me it's a burial ground. I thought it was just 'that bit of land' next to the job centre where they put headstones from when Wakefield Cathedral was pedestrianised a few decades ago (1984-ish).
After running and exercising around the park today, thinking of somewhere to draw, I happened to end up here. I could see the corner of Wakefield College, Thornes Park Campus from the parallel bars and thought it would be interesting. A mix of buildings and trees. My other thought of somewhere to draw today, which I did check out first, was the outside of the greenhouse conservatory but decided against it (too many straight lines).
Do you see how all consuming inktober is becoming?
Making it this far into October without a full day of torrential rain had to happen sooner or later. I drew Fall Ing Lock stood on the bridge under an umbrella. The rain started as drizzle but soon turned into a downpour. Just me, the Ducks and a couple of Swans.
To be honest I didn't finish the sketch at the Lock, sketching in just enough detail so I could finish it off at home. You can see the paper and ink was taking on water. I managed to hide most of the water drop marks by applying a thin ink wash over the drawing. Breaking my self imposed #inktober rule this year of using just ink straight out of a pen.
Gnarly, old, broken tree down by the monkey bars at Thornes Park. The wind has changed the landscape over the past few days, leaves now litter the ground changing the over all colour scheme a shade darker than when I was last here a few days ago.
(Have only just realised that I wrote the day wrong, it's Wednesday).
Ventured outside, towards Wakefield Town Centre, fearing that this years inktober is degenerating into tree drawings. I found a quiet place to sit and draw the Clock Tower. The space (Crown Court) soon started to fill up with students and workers on their lunch breaks, chattering away about everything and nothing. I buried my head further into my sketchbook and scribbled away.
A strange day that definitely affected my Inktober (day 16) drawing plans. Low light levels caused by, I found out later, Sahara dust and Portugal Forest fire smoke dragged into the atmosphere by the tail end of Storm Ophilia. The day seemed to start off misty and got darker from there on. When the sun did break through it was an orange red orb creating a queasy palette for the eyes.
There was a funny smell in the air too, whether this was psychosomatic or someone smoking WW2 grade cigarettes in the adjoining allotment I can't decide.
Cycled slightly further afield for todays outside inktober (Day 15) drawing, both sides of a bridge in Haw Park Wood. It's a beautiful day again, dappled sunbeams bouncing through the foliage highlighting dust motes and tiny flying insects in the air. The day could have been directed by Ridley Scott.
Unseasonally warm today in Wakefield. I started off down by The River Calder at Thornes Lane Wharf drawing bits of the warehouses along the waterfront. Then headed back over to The Secret Garden at Thornes Park to sit in the shade and draw a tree.
This mornings run around Thornes Park I noticed a stone column where I had not noticed one before. Made a mental note and returned to do todays inktober drawing. I had been aware of The Secret Garden but thought it was a lot smaller than it is, the Secret works as it's a lovely space.
Drawing outside day 11. Light rain this morning enough to call off drawing outside so after running and a bit of a traipse around the parks wood land I headed for the Conservatory greenhouse.
(I was there, similar reasons for inktober2017 day 4).
Cycled a bit further afield to Newmillerdam for todays scribbly drawing. Newmillerdam is the acceptable face of 'doing things out doors' for the bourgeois ambling middle classes around here. Very organised and very tidy.
Inktober2017 Drawing outside day 9. Stork Lodge Cafe, Thornes Park, Wakefield. The Cafe is closed Monday's which made it a bit easier to draw from my park bench.
Late start today, not feeling particularly great first thing and eventually went running and jumping around Thornes Park late morning.
Having a seat to sit on makes drawing a lot more comfortable, better than getting back ache from standing.