I promised I would let you know how I was getting on with my project of drawing house windows as part of my new city life. As my subject matter for the last few years has been cows and sheep and fields and wild flowers and my garden, I am finding the city both thrilling and slightly intimidating. Gone are the days of sitting in a field dreamily contemplating whether to draw clouds or clumps of foxgloves or rosebay willowherb – this is more a question of whether I dare face the crowds and draw something new, like buildings, or people, or an event.
News of The World…
I have set off several times now in my car to draw windows from the safety of its warm interior, but I have to say I haven’t really enjoyed it very much. Finally I decided to whizz round on foot and take lots of photos: that ended up with me feeling like the paparazzi, especially when I discovered on arriving home that one of the photos included a pretty grumpy-looking woman staring straight at me. Sorry, grumpy woman! I’d have been grumpy too if I had felt spied on like that.
Anyway, I surreptitiously bagged a few photos of some of my favourites, I have done a few drawings, and I am now fed up of the whole idea. The drawings from photos lack a bit of character by not drawing them live, but you can see why I was attracted to all these beautiful styles of architecture. Now, back to churches and other public buildings, I think – less stressful! I also found an article by accident. I was checking my new website on Google to see if I really was online, and this came up under “permission to draw”….
What a minefield! As opposed to a cowfield, where the cows really don’t seem to mind that much if you take photos of them having dinner, or worse.