One and Twenty: 31/12/2017 – Extended

Today I’ve had my drawing materials out.

My One & Twenty focus is a simple exercise to get me drawing.  I pick something, observe it for one minute and then spend twenty minutes drawing it.  The idea is that I don’t get too immersed and concerned about making mistakes and I should be able to do it more frequently as I’m not investing huge amounts of time.

A few days ago I picked up a dead Banksia pod.  I’ve always liked them and, as I walk my dog daily, I watch the emergence of the flower, the beautiful colours, the gradual decline and then the formation of the dried husk.  They are weird and wonderful things.

But then this amazing country is full of all sorts of plants that result in stunning dry nuts and pods as they age and dry each season.

Pencils are my preferred option and, using an HB and 2B, after 20 minutes I came up with this:

I thought it was quite a reasonable start and, as I had some time (a miracle in my life!), I chose to continue.  Fast sketching hasn’t managed to lodge itself in my brain yet so I spent about another hour working on it.

Great day, lovely to have sufficient time just to muck about and see what I can do.


About Claire B

I'm a passionate printmaker, paper-maker and a poor sketcher (which I'm working to improve). I've stitched from early childhood and am a perpetual student, loving learning and participating in everything creative.
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4 Responses to One and Twenty: 31/12/2017 – Extended

  1. nolaarcher says:

    Looks great! I think I need to take up the one nd twenty approach too.

  2. apennypiece says:

    Dear Claire, I really like your blog. Well done ! I have been looking to follow and be inspired, but mainly to connect with at least one fellow OCA student. I have completed the foundation and next week I submit ATV for formal assessment. I have started to follow your blog and look forward to receiving updates. Best Wishes Penny

    • Claire B says:

      Hi Penny, Congrats on completing the foundation and good luck with ATV assessment. Assessment is always a nerve-wracking time. I loved studying with OCA and if I hadn’t done so I would never have discovered my love of printmaking. Even though I’m no longer with them I continue with a weekly printing class and have just returned from 5 days of monoprinting and box making. OCA enabled me to find my direction, discover a completely new field of creativity and expand my skills. I also manage the WordPress site for Primrose Paper Arts if you are interested in all forms of working with paper. See

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