Views #AtoZChallenge

This was the last post to be written. Surely I have lots to say about views but I didn’t and I had no idea what images I’d use here.

As I was looking at the list of my draft blog posts, wondering what on earth I’d say about views, there was a picture staring at me from a draft I never finished. It was a view I rarely see, one I might not see again, of people who get views I will never see. Cryptic or what? Here’s the pic.

the seats that fly planes

The airshow I love viewing annually is not on this year so I’ll be searching for some views elsewhere. The views we get are, hopefully, the ones we choose, of the places we decide to live and visit, of the people we spend our lives with, of the things we surround ourselves with. I’ve been sketching many views over the past year and hope to continue to do so. The process of sketching them often changes my personal view of them.

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Here’s a sketch I did when visiting a friend of their view from their office, their cat was also enjoying the view.

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While writing this I paused to think, looking out of my back door window and got an amazing view. My garden is laid out so I can get wonderful views while sitting here writing.

woodpecker on peanut feeder

What views do you give yourself? (please be clean)

My AtoZ Blogging Challenge is all about sketches I’ve done this past year and some benches I’ve met along the way. Most but not all of the sketches were done from benches during my walk to work and around town where I shop.

If you’ve enjoyed reading this post why not see what others are doing too during 2015 AtoZ Blogging Challenge.

Unusual umbrella views #AtoZchallenge

Bench View No 3

Usual, unique.. no.. It’s got to be.. Umbrellas. There must be lots in my sketches from the past eight months.. ahhh not really and one of yesterdays True to the view blog pose images had umbrellas in it limiting my choice.  I don’t sketch in the rain much, watercolours get a bit soggy and pencils stop working.. so it’s unusual for me to sit and see people with umbrellas.

Bench View No59

Here’s a few times when there were umbrellas for me to sketch. The lengths we go to for our art.. .

Bench View No 33

My AtoZ Blogging Challenge is all about sketches I’ve done this past year and some benches I’ve met along the way. Most but not all of the sketches were done from benches during my walk to work and around town where I shop.

If you’ve enjoyed reading this post why not see what others are doing too during 2015 AtoZ Blogging Challenge.

 

True to the view 10, 20, 30 #AtoZChallenge

Like S I’ve got lots of ideas for T.. TLC – there’s a few benches in need of some Tender Loving Care. I need to work out who looks after them or not as the case may be. Most of the benches have been replaced in recent years but there are a couple which could do with a bit of a repair as their wooden seats are broken.

Bench view No 10

TWIN benches.. I have started wondering about benches in other Peterboroughs in the world. Is there a bench where I could draw the turtles crossing the road for example in the Canadian Peterborough which has to cope with Turtles emerging and migrating to their breeding places. Imagine if I could sketch native Turtles from some Peterborough benches, how exciting would that be!

Bench View No 20

And let’s not forget.. Trains! I can’t wait to sit on Peterborough station and sketch trains. I’m trying to get through as many of the benches views on my daily journey as I can before I start that mega project as I’m sure it will become my next obsession.. Just warning you. I want to do it when it’s a bit warmer too.

Bench View No 30

I’ve posted my tenth, twentieth and thirtieth and want to mention that when I sit I do try to be true to the view of what I’m looking at and what passes in front of me. Some of the benches make that a bit harder as being true to the view could mean any of a myriad of views since many benches in Peterborough are curved. It’s not like the straight benches where I can sit straight and look ahead. With a curved bench I can still stay true to the view but the true view options are many.

My AtoZ Blogging Challenge is all about sketches I’ve done this past year and some benches I’ve met along the way. Most but not all of the sketches were done from benches during my walk to work and around town where I shop.

If you’ve enjoyed reading this post why not see what others are doing too during 2015 AtoZ Blogging Challenge.

Soup nights, Social commentary, 16, 17, 60,70 and a Self portrait #AtoZchallenge

I had lots of ideas for S as you can see from the title. I’ll try to cover them all while keeping my text brief..

Bench View No 16

On 3 March I was the first recipient of the Soup money.. I proudly showed my first sketch book of these latest obsession from benches and explained that it had been wonderful and had helped my wellbeing and I’d come across the Urban sketchers (see U) and wanted to start my own group.

bench view No 17

We turned up, put £5 into a soup bowl, took a bowl of soup with some bread which we shared with others while talking about various art activities going on or that we’re currently involved with. Then anyone who wants to, pitches for the pot of money for something they want to do. I’m still working on the details of the Peterborough Urban sketching group that will start in May.

Bench view No60

Someone the day after said ‘did you pitch before or after having a glass of wine’.. Come to think of it, afterwards.. hmm.. Well I did fancy being part of a sketching group without having to go to Cambridge. When I first moved to live in Peterborough everything seemed to happen in Cambridge that is no longer the case.. As S will be posted on 22nd I’ll have been to another soup night on 21 so please check out the idea1 calendar if you want to know when the next soup night is or use your social media contacts to see if there’s a soup night for you to support near you. I’ll be posting the urban sketch group details there too.

Bench View No70

I hope you enjoyed my sixteenth, seventeenth, sixtieth and seventieth sketches and spotted a sneaky self portrait amongst them. As for social commentary I’ll leave that for you to contemplate.. though a councillor did look at one of my sketches with someone cycling in it and said ‘that sketch is very controversial’. Little did I realise I was providing a social commentary to life in Peterborough when I sat on a bench and started sketching.

My AtoZ Blogging Challenge is all about sketches I’ve done this past year and some benches I’ve met along the way. Most but not all of the sketches were done from benches during my walk to work and around town where I shop.

If you’ve enjoyed reading this post why not see what others are doing too during 2015 AtoZ Blogging Challenge.

River sketches #AtoZchallenge

You’d expect river sketches to be picturesque, cheerful and  beautiful. What can I say, this is Peterborough’s river which doesn’t have much say in where it goes or how it looks..

Bench View No54

I’ve only done a couple of river sketches so far. There’s lots of benches I’m still to sketch from but with only the odd swan coming to see what I was up to I didn’t find them the most enjoyable of views to sketch. It was a bit chilly and I’m using that as my excuse as to why these sketches look a bit bleak.

Bench View No55

My AtoZ Blogging Challenge is all about sketches I’ve done this past year and some benches I’ve met along the way. Most but not all of the sketches were done from benches during my walk to work and around town where I shop.

If you’ve enjoyed reading this post why not see what others are doing too during 2015 AtoZ Blogging Challenge.

Quest #AtoZChallenge

Before I get to my quest I’d like to mention another Q. We only got to C is for carrots and chickens before the master of illustration, Quentin Blake, was mentioned in the comments. I love his work and am amazed my sketches get likened to his. Thanks, I’ll take being reminiscent of Quentin’s work any day. When I started sketching much more over the past few years, adults and children mentioned Quentin and Roal Dahl books frequently when they saw my work. I had to look into Quentin’s process to see how similar we were. I can see the resemblance at times  and I love his work but our process is different .

What was my Quest again? I can only say I’m still on my own quest. We can always learn and I’m always practicing my art. The sketches on this page show that more than most.. This one in particular was one I struggled with but looking at it now I can remember how difficult it was to do so I’ve decided not to colour it and finish it as is to remind me it was a freezing day and I needed a hot mug of chocolate.

Bench View No86

My quest to sketch the view from every bench I regularly pass in Peterborough. As for my choice of sketches they’re not my most skilled but if I spoke French they’d fit with Q.. 86 and 92 and they’re some of the harder sketches I did along my quest because once I got to 80 the 100th seemed so close yet far and I gave myself a harder time than I should have when getting from one sketch to another.

Bench View No92

That’s quite a quest given there’s around 144 and I’ve done about 100. There’s still 44 to go.  What quest are you on?

My AtoZ Blogging Challenge is all about sketches I’ve done this past year and some benches I’ve met along the way. Most but not all of the sketches were done from benches during my walk to work and around town where I shop.

If you’ve enjoyed reading this post why not see what others are doing too during 2015 AtoZ Blogging Challenge.

Pigeons #AtoZChallenge

I need to work out how to edit the featured image. You can’t see any pigeons on the header yet that’s what it’s like. Pigeons are all around us yet often we don’t notice them. There are still some pigeons in Peterborough, not as many as I recall a few years ago but they still manage to get into most of my sketches when I’m sat on benches.

Bench View No 38

During this last year I’ve met a few pigeons and here’s my sketches of some of them.

a pigeon

They were definitely characters.

pigeon be

I’m getting more comfortable with sketching animals.

cheeky pigeon

My AtoZ Blogging Challenge is all about sketches I’ve done this past year and some benches I’ve met along the way. Most but not all of the sketches were done from benches during my walk to work and around town where I shop.

If you’ve enjoyed reading this post why not see what others are doing too during 2015 AtoZ Blogging Challenge.

Obsessions of the ordinary.. #AtoZChallenge

One woman, one day, one art bag, one bench, one sketch = one obsession…

I seem to have taken something ordinary and made it my own. What started out as something to force me to take a proper lunch break has turned into a bit of an obsession on benches and sketches of the views from said benches.

Bench View No96

Like I say, I am only one woman who, one day, took out her art bag during one lunch break, I sat on one bench and became obsessed. I’m sure it won’t last but, for now, I’m thoroughly enjoying it and now we’re over halfway through these AtoZ posts I hope you’ve been enjoying my obsession for sketching too.

Actually I have three art bags but I only use one at a time.

If you’ve been reading these AtoZ’s you’ll know there’s approximately 143+ more than one bench in Peterborough along my regular routes where I sketch.

My AtoZ Blogging Challenge is all about sketches I’ve done this past year and some benches I’ve met along the way. Most but not all of the sketches were done from benches during my walk to work and around town where I shop.

If you’ve enjoyed reading this post why not see what others are doing too during 2015 AtoZ Blogging Challenge.

Night Night I’m bench viewed out.. Nonsense 19, 90, 99 #AtoZChallenge

When I started, I expected there to be about maybe 40ish, what? No there’s about 60, and then, as I started counting the benches I’d walked past without noticing, I realised there were quite a few more. Over double that. Here’s my nineteenth sketch which I now realise has already been used in K and it would also fit for P.

Bench View No 19

It makes me smile when I remember Michaels pose so in case you missed it at K here it is again. Rain or shine Michael is out with his trusted friends, making the world a better place near the Market and by the passport office in Peterborough each Saturday morning. They’ll chat to anyone, including me, and always take an interest in what I’m sketching which is nice.

Bench View No90

And as I add my 90th sketch from a different bench in Peterborough I’m reminded of the thoughts I had around whether sitting inside a church I pass all the time on a pew, that by any other name is a bench, could fit within my bench view series (if I’m adding pews in churches the number could increase dramatically). Sometimes we create rules that we don’t need, if other’s don’t give us rules we often do that for ourselves.

What nonsense we sometimes tell ourselves and try to live by. When I came to sketch my 90th I happened to be listening to some friends give a talk inside a church which is part of my regular route. So I was inside not out, so it was a pew, it still felt like a bench. Could it fit within my bench view series, of course it could since it’s my series and I make, or break, the ‘rules’.

Bench View No99

Using my hundredth sketch for H gave me a harsh time limit, one which almost drove me to say night night, I’m bench viewed out… To get there I chose to zoom in for a few, including my 99th as a swan stopped in front of me for a moment. Still views from benches, which is the rule, if there is such a thing, of my bench view series, though quicker sketches and not the usual bench view I draw, getting me to H in time. Apparently I did the swan in 5 seconds.. Really? Probably, for the pencil part.

What nonsense do you try to observe and therefore is yours to break?

My AtoZ Blogging Challenge is all about sketches I’ve done this past year and some benches I’ve met along the way. Most but not all of the sketches were done from benches during my walk to work and around town where I shop.

If you’ve enjoyed reading this post why not see what others are doing too during 2015 AtoZ Blogging Challenge.

Mirrored Meeting #AtoZChallenge

Since I’ve started sketching from benches I’ve also started having more meetings on them. I love it in the summer when I can say to someone let’s meet on a bench.

Bench View No 28

This image is of one such meeting to discuss my input to last years Big Draw. While we chatted I sketched and I’d deliberately positioned us with our backs to the church so we were facing a large window which allowed me to include our meeting from the  mirrored effect in front of me.

My AtoZ Blogging Challenge is all about sketches I’ve done this past year and some benches I’ve met along the way. Most but not all of the sketches were done from benches during my walk to work and around town where I shop.

If you’ve enjoyed reading this post why not see what others are doing too during 2015 AtoZ Blogging Challenge.