On Wednesday we went to buy a Christmas tree in Hadleigh. Afterwards we had a coffee in a little cafe called Crabtree’s and I had a brief moment to sketch someone perching on one of the bar stools which are decorated with tinsel. Now I realise how difficult tinsel is to paint!
Here is an evening doodle, done after everyone except me had gone to bed, of the bits and pieces laying around in the living room…plus of course two china cats!
On Monday I joined my parents on a little trip to Sudbury where Gainsborough (a famous 18th century British landscape and portrait artist) was born and lived. This is the statue of him in the market square, drawn from where we had lunch.
Each year Lavenham holds a little 3 day festive fair with stalls selling anything from cheese to jewellery. On Sunday I nipped out to the square and sat on a bench to sketch in the cold. As well as stalls there was a big Ferris wheel with someone on a microphone calling “one more for the next ride” all the time.
We went out to the Lavenham fair on Saturday but it was too crowded (and cold) to sketch, so instead here is another evening sketch of another corner of my parents house. In the picture are my niece Erin with her brother Osian.
Here is one of my parents watching the TV. They don’t think much of it and said that “it’s awful”. Well, I admit that the sketch of my mum looks pretty dire and it doesn’t look like them very much, but I am trying! My other excuse is that it was done very quickly.
While I have been visiting my mum and dad I have still been working occasionally. They don’t have a desk I can use in the house, so I work on a little coffee table which gets a bit crowded! There is an after work beer on this table too.