Wintry Showers

Charlotte’s Ice Cream Parlour, Upper Whitley, wintry showers approaching over the Pennines, 11 a.m., Monday 12 February, 2018.
Whitley Woods, 29 January, 2018.

We’re having wintry showers this morning but it’s milder so the sleety rain and wet flakes of snow are actually clearing the pavements of the snow and ice that have covered them during the last week.

We’ve decided that it’s a good day to stay put and catch up, so we’ve got a batch of dough rising above the hot water tank in the corner of the studio, ready for knocking back, and I’m delving back into my sketchbooks to catch up with my blog posts.

When I drew at Charlotte’s at the end of January, patches of snow on the distant moors were imperceptibly disappearing into the mist.

I drew these in my pocket-sized notebook, which has such small pages that you can pick it up even when you’ve only got minutes to spare.

Shopper at Trinity Walk, Wakefield.

That morning I also drew cushions on my brother-in-law John’s sofa and a crow by the boulders in the goat enclosure. They’re similar subjects; when I can’t get out to draw rocks, cushions make a reasonable substitute.

The goats love climbing and settling down at strategic look-out posts on the rocks but during the winter they’ve been confined to the stables. Hopefully they won’t have long to wait before it’s suitable for them to live in their outdoor enclosure again.

The Old Cart Shed

The old Cart Shed at Blacker Hall Farm dates from c.1620, so the old beams always appeal to me as a subject.

Holmfield Tree

The little sketchbook was handy again when at a family meal at Holmfield House in Holmfield Park, Wakefield, I drew this tree.

Chair at the hairdressers’.

 

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