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Sibenik – a painting a day

Sibenik the passage ,reworked#1

size 6 in x 6 in 15cm x 15cm watercolour on heavy weight rag paper

Sibenik the passage, f irst sketch

This blog covers the weekend just gone there were several painting that I did but did not get a chance to blog as there were so many other things competing for my time and my blogging partner with the technical expertise.

The humanist non-wedding preceded by a civil ceremony has been and gone. It occurred to me that it must be more difficult to get through saying your lines when you have written them yourself because they are  much more personal. I was very pleased with my dress and the green toenails, the non-bridesmaids were spectacular in shocking pink polka dotted dresses with black feather fascinators and netted gloves. The **ide (look I avoided the b-word as requested) had a dress by Vivianne Westwood which was gorgeous; the material twisted and folded into the shape of the body but had a magic effect once on. It was both modern and grand Edwardian in one object.

There was a lot of wandering round the Essex village from house to Parish Hall and finally back to our B&B in the Old Police House; it was, unlike some villages, quietly busy: an artist in the street accepting a commission, a bus turning outside the house, a butchers, a bakers and some other shops, people stopped in the street talking, cyclists making their way slowly to the allotments. I think the atmosphere is so pleasant because it is the end of the road; to continue east from Tollesbury you need a boat.

No1 son had a lovely time as he has decided alcohol is interesting, it was not till various people had reported back to me that the full picture emerged. Reports of Pimms added to fruit cup, glasses of wine filched from tables behind my back and glasses of red wine downed in one that I got close to an idea. He held it remarkably well and lived to eat five puddings that evening. Oh well he might put on some weight.

No2 son also had a lovely time but it was more to do with finding a wealth of friends and family to tease and run around with.

DIY dad did the barbeque the next day and got to inspect the magicians body cut in half act from the stage. He couldn’t work  out how it was done and the temporary assistant was not giving any secrets away afterwards. We started to pick the Victoria plums in the garden as some were dropping , our pears are now ripening at the speed of light and need eating, drying or freezing. The early apples are starting to tumble off the tree when you go to pick one. In Essex they had had a fantastic crop of greengages which made me jealous as it is one of my favourite fruit. I need to spend half a day on fruit preservation.

The pictures here are two sorts , firstly there is a picture of another fungus that has sprung up and then there are some reworking of the view from the quayside in Sibenik. I sketched it in about five minutes while waiting for the bus quite early in the morning, there is a sea passage between the two islands which leads out into the Kornati  archipelago. I liked the original sketch for its atmosphere but felt the reflection was in the wrong place. I have made about four attempts to rework it I will publish them even though none of them are definitive.

I am going to finish for now, but just want to quote a couple of things that came up at the wedding:

Scaffolding by Seamus Heaney 

Masons, when they start upon a building,
Are careful to test out the scaffolding;

Make sure that planks won’t slip at busy points,
Secure all ladders, tighten bolted joints.

And yet all this comes down when the job’s done
Showing off walls of sure and solid stone.

So if, my dear, there sometimes seem to be
Old bridges breaking between you and me

Never fear. We may let the scaffolds fall
Confident that we have built our wall.

I loved this and felt it very apt for A and R the non-bride and not quite groom who got married at the weekend.

Someone also quoted from Leon Rosselson’s song, using it to say that things had changed a great deal from the seventies, I remain to be fully convinced of that, however it’s still a great song:

So don’t get married, girls, it’s very badly paid
You may start off as the mistress but you’ll end up as the maid
Be a daring deep-sea diver or a polished polyglot
But don’t get married, girls, for marriage is a plot

Strangely I once sang it on stage with an American singer who moved away to my now husband’s aunt’s town where  Aunt Sue hired her to sing at her fortieth birthday…. the world is smaller everyday.

#114  a painting a day by Alison Warner on her lemon a day art blog

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  1. Saga
    August 28, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    Loved the Victorias – we picked some of our own this week too – which I am tempted to boast were even sweeter than the Essex variety – with that wonderful honey sweetness and sun kissed warmth – but then I am not one to boast; I have just picked a huge bowl of blackberries too – all the old roses have reverted to the most amazing collection of briars and brambles – delicious and free.

    Re the singer she used to sing at Women’s Performance nights here I think she teaches creative writing now . . . .

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