Hooked, Hardy, High Hopes, Hundredth #AtoZChallenge

To be clear.. this isn’t about me getting to live to 100 or about any illegal substances.

My first sketch from a bench was created on 28 August 2014, then I got hooked on benches, bench views and sketching them. Since I was zooming through them during the first month I was convinced I’d easily manage to sketch a hundred views from Peterborough benches within 6 months. I got to 80 in December so it would be a doddle. Then I had a bit of a stumbling block, ill health and not wanting to sit outside in the cold.

Why didn’t occur to me I wouldn’t want to sketch outside in winter? There are some hardy souls who wouldn’t flinch, these days I’m less and less like them.

Now we’re into April, it’s a bit warmer and I have high hopes I’ll have reached my hundredth view from a bench by H. I’m drafting this on 5 April and have three days to get from 90 to 100. Now I know why I’ve been eating those chocolate eggs.. Trying to store up some energy for lots of sketching in the cold.

Bench View No 100!

It worked! The warmer weather helped me get through the last ten sketches and doing some as a zoomed in image helped me do them them quicker. I’m now left with many sketches that need colouring and finishing and will look forward to finishing those. For my hundredth, I meet up with some friends for lunch, we had a great time and I completed my hundredth sketch from a bench. It was 17 degrees, the sun was shining, the sky was blue, I saw my first butterflies (mainly peacock), the blossom was out on all the trees in front of me as I sketched and there was even a bench to sketch and add into my 100th view from a bench, what more could I want?

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.