Monday, June 25, 2012

Parley View Parsnip...

Goodness what a month this June has been.
Everything that could go wrong has,  plus a hundred.
I have been so sick, lethargic, barley dragging myself out of bed, only because I needed to take care of the dogs.  Last week was especially depressing.
Sick and battling the government...
But...
On February 5th 2012,  Weaver Of Grass, who writes a fabulous blog about her life in Yorkshire had a post about winter and a fox.
A testament to her writing, the post and her poem has stayed with me.
As I read her poem I could see the fox and started drawing the hedgerow and the fox on a piece of scrap paper. I was at my computer and only had a pencil and a yellow ocher color pencil laying there so used what I had.
Sunday I sat at my worktable and decided to work on the drawing.
Anything to perk me up, I wanted to do something fun.
But...
I have come to the conclusion I need better paper at reach by my computer and learn not to take photos at night !


the four month old quick sketch

a wash of color

laying down the basic color

refining the colors

adding the dark shadows

a rather cheeky fox appears

a little clean up


and now I am done.
Thanks Pat I so look forward to reading your blog everyday.
Your poem inspired me.

sick . . . parsnip
music. . . Magical Beast Farm, Basiscape
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23 comments:

  1. so cute! I loved seeing your progress!

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    1. It was fun but I had to keep remembering to take photos.
      The first photo is so blurry I picked the wrong photo.

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  2. Oh G, so sorry to hear you are under the weather. I was the same, still kind of am with the tired anyway. I had my regular yearly thyroid blood work scheduled and mentioned to my doc that my bones are tired, that's it's a struggle to keep my eyes open. Turns out I've still got that darn Vitamin D deficiency and I'm pretty anemic, both things together have made me sleep sleep sleepy. Heat doesn't help. Hope you are getting yourself checked out.
    Now the fox. I LOVE LOVE IT!!! Haven't been over to visit Weaver of Grass in ages, must remedy that. It must be delightful that you can sketch what's in your mind. I have ZERO talent in that department. I can barely draw stick figures and forget about a straight line! You should have an Etsy shop of your own - Angry Parnsip Art :)

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    1. I will be dropping you a note soon... but I was waiting till your trip to 30 states in 3 days was finished.
      I hope your feeling better soon.
      I liked Mr. Fox too, in my mind he is a cheeky little fellow who is very smart and knows where he is going.

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  3. Wonderful! I'd have been happy with the first sketch but I love, love the end result, and seeing the drawing progress is such a treat.

    Very sad to hear you've been ill, are you feeling better now, I do hope so. X

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    1. Oh thanks, it was really fun and it came out pretty close to what I saw in my mind.

      But I just haven't the energy to even pick up a brush to paint.
      I just sorta sit and vegetate in a kinds of lala land. Neither here nor there. It is so strange not doing 50 things in a day like I use to. I don't even read books any more I can't seen to concentrate and I used to read at lest 3 books at a time.

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  4. How marvellous to be inspired by a blogging friend when you are feeling so low. So sorry dear - and I hope the clouds have lifted now. It's rotten to feel under the weather and I do admire you for not jusdt coping but being productive. Atta girl!

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    1. I am trying but the years have caught up with me.
      I hope to read your book soon. I have so many talented writer blog friends. I am in awe of you, Weaver, Eryl and Titus talent.

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  5. The sketch is lovely. I hope you feel better soon.

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    1. Thank You, I just really wanted to do something enjoyable for me.
      I hope to feel better soon but the outlook is not really great.

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  6. So sorry you're not feeling well, parsnip. Hope you're better soon. I love the artwork---lots.

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    2. Opps messed up the comment...
      Thank You for the comment... as you know doing art is very soothing.
      I have missed your blog but I do stop by and see what is going on.

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  7. Hi, sorry to hear you've been under the weather. The fox image looks great, and how neat to see the steps you took to create it!

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    1. This "episode" as they call it has been dragging on and it is exhausting.... bummer !
      Glad you like the steps but on my camera and the computer the photos look great but when I post them Picasa somehow dulls them. Double bummer !

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  8. What a beautiful picture. And how nice that another blogger has inspired you to feel better. I really hope you're back to full health now. Battling government sounds like just the worst, and good luck with that too.

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    1. Yes, dealing with 4th quarter taxes and illness is not fun.
      I liked how the drawing came out.

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  9. By the way the link to her blog doesn't work here, at least it doesn't for me.

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    1. I fixed the link with a new post today.

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  10. Beautiful, Gayle! I was starting to worry when I didn't see any posts from you for a few days....

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    1. Thank You.
      I am/was so exhausted I just didn't want to do anything. Even just doing the update and comments is tiring.
      But I love reading all the blogs I follow so I want to keep posting and commenting.

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  11. Hope you feel better soon Gayle. It reminds me of the fox in my favorite book. The tamed fox in The Little Prince. Beautiful art!

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  12. I know how it feels to be feeling down and out of it like that. It can be really challenging to face the day sometimes.

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