Saturday, November 27, 2010

101126 My Grandma's funeral

Thursday
101125 The Drive North
Sketch from the back seat of my car on the way up my grandma's funeral. Not sure why I never got around to finishing this by adding the green to the passing scenery...
101125 Wauchope Railway Bridge
Wauchope Raliway Bridge - view at lunch time. A quick sketch... I eat very fast which means that I have time to at least start a sketch while the others are still eating....
101125 Nanna's Place
Trying not to think about the fact that this might be my last visit to this place... but I knew I just HAD to fnd some time to sneak away from the friends and family to do at least one sketch.
101125 My grandma's grave
We went back to my grandma's grave at the end of the day to check out what they did with the flowers - it was really nice to come back without everyone else... and of course I found it very calming to sketch while the others explored all the other relatives and friends buried nearby.
The side view was more interesting but I choose this view as it includes where my pa was buried as well. I hope to sketch the flowers from a photo later as they looked so nice in the afternoon sun.
As we left we saw 2 kangaroos hanging around- hope they don't munch on flowers!

The words in green are from the Westminster Shorter Catechism - something that I learnt as a child and expresses the thoughts that I had at the time.
101126 A great Port breakfast
The was a shortage of beds for everyone so I volunteered to stay in a B&B... so of course I sketched my breakfast!!! Amazingly the owner of the B7B was a Scot so we had a great conversation about places - made me feel like I was on my big trip again - except for the sun, warm weather and noise of cicadas in the background!
101126 A cup of Nanna's
A very nice cup that belonged to my Nanna.
Sometimes I find it hard to sketch when there is a lot happening at the time and I have a self imposed pressure in my head "This one has to be a good one"
Other times when I just go for it - the sketch often works better!
Thankfully I will have the chance to draw this again and do a better job.
101126 Trip Home
The trip home....Sometimes I really don't have time for a sketch... but that never stops me trying.
Also, I really dislike waterbrushes as it is so hard to get jiucy mixes on the brush...so I try to use traditional brush and with my wee water jar... but maybe a bumpy section of road was a good time to use a waterbrush!

Back in Sydney....
Friday night... a great Thai meal
101126 A Great Thai meal
Another attempt at drawing thai meals while out with friend/s. The food was SENSATIONAL!!!

Today, Saturday
101127 T2 without a sketchbook
At T2 without a sketchbook... but thankfully realised in time to rip out a few pages to take with me. I don't like the paper in Handbook books. Paper and card was a gift from a friend.
I do like having a few pages of collage in my books.

And to go back to my grandma- a page I did during the week
101124 A gift from Nanna (and Pa)
Was trying to find a gift or something that I had from my grandma...but couldn't find anything. And then I thought about my old bible... falling apart, the stickers down the side have LONG gone... but it was nice to see my Nann'as handwriting and some of my own attempts to write my name (funnily enough done in a brown pencil)

4 comments:

  1. I think I'd want sketches of the place, too, especially if I might not get to go back. A few moments alone with just your sketchbook to think about your Nanna must have been comforting. Her cup is lovely and I am looking forward to more of these Nanna treasures that you sketch later.

    Annie

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  2. I'm so sorry for the loss your family must be feeling, Liz, but these sketch pages honor her in so many ways -- so full of memory! You really captured a feeling of beauty in her tea cup. And leaving out the greens of the car trip sketch is fitting somehow.

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  3. I am so sorry for the loss of your grandma. These pages are a great tribute to her and her courageous granddaughter who sees beauty in everything, even a family funeral.

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  4. Liz, sorry to hear the news about the passing of your Grandma...

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