The Artist’s Companion

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That’s Gem. And.  Pedant Alert: that’s ‘s, not s’,  because I’m sure there are many other artists’ companions.

It was a stormy Sunday earlier this month when the neighbour’s Cherry plum tree was at its glorious, early blossoming best.

P1050123resized Gem seemed happy being a rubbish cat until I went out to grab a few rain-free minutes sketching. Then she decided to continue the basket theme.  Finally the rain did come so she pointedly lay on the doormat.

 

OK, I have a Cherry plum tree too so maybe I could draw through the bedroom window. I think Cherry plum trees are a local thing. They have quite small fruits a bit like…yes, a cross between a cherry and a plum – and quite big stones. My culinarily gifted neighbour makes a delicious cordial. I leave mine for the badgers and foxes.

So -rain outside and faithful Gem inside, with me. And the bed.

 

Finally I realised I could see most of my subject through a different window which I opened every time it stopped raining and finally finished the picture. Thanks for your help, Gem!

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2 thoughts on “The Artist’s Companion

  1. Beautiful all ’round! I study your watercolour…this one especially because of the use of white space. I have the most difficult time keeping my paintings light. Mine are so dark. I definitely need to walk away earlier. Problem with that? Walking away usually means a look-see what’s in the fridge….hmmm. what’s wrong with that picture…..

    • Nothing! Artist gotta eat!
      I often think I don’t have a wide enough tonal range so there you go. But you can always go darker (when you’ve got back from the kitchen) whereas the other way round…

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