I’ve had a lot going on over the last few weeks and so I haven’t had much time for my own sketching. So I’ve titled this article ‘2 quiet weeks’ as it’s just been normal stuff but as usual I’ve filled at least a double-page spread each day.
In these pages, you’ll see the usual Lindfield Village Green/street sketches, a few Lane Cove visits and two sketches from a brief outing to Bobbin Head. You’ll also see teacups from my latest project that I explained on Wednesday.
I’ve also done a few experiments with my new Pilot marker brush pens (see also here) and with the Faber Castell GoldFaber Aqua markers (sometimes mixing with watercolour). You will notice some sketches with crazy intense (but quite beautiful) blue/purple areas done with the GoldFaber Aqua Blue-Violet marker. I’ll share more about what I’m doing with these experiments next week!
The only thing out of the ordinary is this sketch of Westminster Abbey (painted while watching the Queen’s Funeral) with some strange letters and symbols under it. These are the Descant and Soprano parts (written in tonic solfa) of the tune Crimond that was sung to Psalm 23 (The Lord’s my shepherd) during the service.
My church sings from the Scottish Psalter and our Psalmbook uses Sol-fa. (I normally explain this by referring to a certain song in the Sound of Music). You can see a page from our Psalter in a sketch from 2010 here. I’ve never properly learned how to read music but I can sight-read sol-fa. 🙂
I also sing the descant part to a few tunes, but for some reason, I’ve never learned the beginning of the descant for Crimond. I normally jump in half-way through the first line (at the d.m:s).
It was great to hear the descant sung during the Queen’s Funeral and it has made me determined to learn the start properly. So I’ve been going throughout my day in the past week singing “soh soh -.lah te doh” to myself. The question is whether I’ll be able to sing this in a congregational setting the next time we sing Crimond at church.
How’s that for a different topic than usual here on the blog… but it’s something that is a big part of my life. 🙂
To get back to my recent sketches… here are the pages in full.
The final spread in this article is one that I did last week as part of the Introduction of Watercolour On Location – my current sketching kit. It was a good chance to review what I’ve been carrying around lately. I’m still including a coloured pencil collection with me, but I’m not using them much at the moment.
I’m planning to get out for some more dedicated urban sketching in the coming weeks as we work through the lessons of Watercolour On Location!
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