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Running, Drawing, Taking Notes

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I spotted a small patch of Snow Drops in the park today and then promptly set about drawing another broken, gnarly tree. This got me thinking that Spring is there waiting to do its thing.


I use my phone to take reference photos. I aim to do 80% of the sketchbook drawing on site and a photo is good for referring back to what I was drawing. It also provides me with the time that I started the drawing which is part of my documentation style. Doing the writing back at home just makes for a neater hand for the reader and I can check my atrocious spelling.


If a particular thought occurs to me as I run around the park beforehand then I make a digital note, not worrying too much if it makes sense. Sometimes auto correct is a pain (deadest > dearest). Its a good way of me remembering as I would never recall the phrase or intention by the time I get home.

Contemplating My Own Mortality

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A couple of sketchbook pages. Went running around Thornes Park on Tuesday. I usually treat my 40 minute run as a reccy for something interesting to draw in the park, spied this bulbous tentacled tree and returned after my exercise to draw it. Definitely a feeling of an Elder God from this tree.
Wednesday I had a meeting with a client not that far away in Walton and on the way home took a detour to Walton Colliery Nature Park. A cold day but it was really peaceful by the waterside. I planned on colouring this sketch in the evening but the news of Mark E. Smith passing away kinda took the wind out of my sails. I wasn't a huge Fall fan but he obviously had an effect on me, as I spent the evening listening to their music on 6Music contemplating my own mortality.

Losing Control in the Rain

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It was sleet and rain today as I ran around the park. I thought I had found a shelter under a tree to draw but there was plenty rain getting through. I use water proof ink in my Parallel Pen, even so the page was soon soaked. Ink transferred to the opposite side in a Rorschach Inkblot meets Chinese Brush Painting effect when I closed the sketchbook to get home and dry out.

It felt kinda nice to lose control over what I was drawing. And it felt nice to get warm and dry out at home too.

Sketchbook Thornes Park

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Found a little corner of the park that I've not explored. Rain is making everything look ultra real. Ivy is a lush green in the shadows. I watched squirrels messing about up in the tree canopy. Marvelling at them hanging on to the end of the very thinnest of branches. Was a bit disturbed when one fell about 15 feet and hit the grass and mud. It didn't seem that phased being dropped on its head, getting up and scampering back into the foliage.

Stormy Weather

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Parkland horizon on a stormy day.

Walking the long way home

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Hadn't eaten properly by this point, coffee and fudge cake for breakfast in town. Full of cold although I feel pretty chipper at the moment. I'm crossing over Wakefield's park lands and pass the pull up bars at Thornes/Holmfield Park. I try a few pull ups, get to 12 and can do no more. I can normally do 24.

Lurking In The Undergrowth

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Drawing outside in grey light and drizzle. Finished most of it back at home. In the warm. Comfortably sat down.

Drawing Practice

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Happy New Year.

I'm back out in the parkland's of wakefield with my sketchbook and trainers, trying to keep my drawing practice in tip top condition. Grim winter is here. Mud and low light.