Day 30

Today is the last day of my 30 day challenge to make 30 sketchbook drawings and post them online.

I went to the back of ‘Winnies Hill’, where I started, and sat on the grass under a tree that is almost in the drawing from May 1st, at the top left hand side, just off the page!

I was thinking about the beginning of the month and how I sat outside with my winter woollies on and was still cold! I didn’t know that 30 days later I would sit almost at the same place I had started sketching, in the hot sun, having swum in the sea several times in between!

I tried an experiment in sketching directly with the watercolour paints, attempting to draw the images with my brush marks. It worked to a certain extent, but I was tempted to add some pen lines to it. I hesitated and started walking back home, passing my neighbour Pat on the way.  I showed her what I had done and she said she liked the drawn ones better, as it looked a bit bland without any detail. I was glad of her comments and went back to the spot, adding some pen lines on top of the watercolour, a sort of back to front way to sketch!

Reflecting on why I love sketching so much, how it is always just scratching the surface and bringing me back to the beginning of painting, I am reminded of a quote from a T. S. Eliot poem which I love, Little Gidding,

‘We shall not cease from exploration

And the end of all our exploring

Will be to arrive where we started

And know the place for the first time.’



8 thoughts on “Day 30

  1. Well done on completing your challenge Gerry, it’s been great to follow you on this journey. You’re a real inspiration – keep up the good work! Looking forward to the next adventure. Much love, Christine x

  2. Wow Gerry, this whole blog is amazing. Your sketches are exquisite… as usual, & I love the comments too, would make a gorgeous little book!
    Never mind ‘sketching buddy’ I think i’ll be your agent. 😀
    Well done in being so disciplined & completing the 30 days.
    Speak soon, loads of love, Meg xx

  3. Hi Gerry, from another 30DC challenger and resident of St Albans and frequent walker around Jersey Farm and Sandridge. I’ve enjoyed looking at your lovely sketches and words – what a gift you have. Hope to see you in PtoW if you’re continuing.

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