Walks: Day Four. Water Horizon.. and a Guinea Pig

I couldn’t do any sketching yesterday so today I went straight to the shore line in the morning not knowing what I should do. I stopped to look at the teasel patch to see what the bees were up to and sat on the rocks looking out over the water.

It was cold but if I hunkered down a bit I was out of the wind. I wasn’t planning to stay there but looking to my left I could see something interesting…a 3 part landscape of water, rocks and grassy bank, 3 different sorts of texture.

And once you are sitting down, you see more and more.

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3 different textures and marks… nice. I then looked across the water and started to draw the line of the horizon and the landscape above that line. I was thinking about lines and what goes on above and below.

Most of this is above, save the odd boat or duck. It took 3 lines to get the complete horizon in.

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Small insects and spiders came and went on the paper. Some I drew.
Big bumble bees hovered by me checking me out and the terns performed their stunning aerobatics off shore. I will have to put them all together in a long strip someday.

The Guinea Pig

As from today I am looking after a neighbours guinea pig for a week.
It’s such a responsibility!! It may only involve food and drink but I do feel the need to go and spend some time with him. He doesn’t seem very impressed.
I think timid is the word. I know nothing about guinea pigs but do want him to be happy. Hay and cabbage leaves seem to do the trick. He is rather old and doesn’t do much which at least gave me chance to sketch.

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I think this is the very first time I have sketched a Guinea pig. I am wondering if he will whistle for me? 🙂