Oh Calcutta… Cup!

Six Nations Rugby continued with England and Scotland playing for the Calcutta cup. What a fantastic game? Fast and furious – from late afternoon to evening with great change in light on the way. The pace was relentless all the way through, I really couldn’t keep up! So difficult to draw – I was transfixed by socks! So many pairs and all black!  The drawings were ragged and abstract – but what a game! Here are my drawings:

Six Nations under a groove

Six Nations Rugby Union starts today. Wonderful tournament of rugby – my favourite in fact. I’ve just watched and sketched Wales and Ireland, the opening contest this year. In 10 minutes or so, England and Scotland play for the Calcutta cup. So pleased to be back to drawing some sport – feeling very rusty and challenged to high heaven trying to keep up!  Here are my drawings:

A surprise after the thaw

Well, what a change? The thaw came fast and strong with winds and rain! All the snow gone overnight. The surprise came on Monday when I discovered what I thought was a dead goldfish in our garden pond, was alive – just! I think he became trapped in the ice and too cold. I put him in some pondwater in a bowl in the shed and drew him. He looked very sad. However, he survived the night and looked much brighter the next day. I’m glad to say that this morning he was so much improved that I put him…

Food under the plum tree, (January 2013), Maxine Dodd

January blues

This week the weather steadied – snow bedded deep and days were cold. The whiteness is wearing and we’re all tired. I ventured out  to meet my friend Sheila who was painting nearby, but mostly continued work in the garden. Along with my usual pen and watercolour, I changed to oil paint on board for the first time in a long while. I felt that I needed paint with substance to convey the scene. I made four small paintings of our trees, birds and hedgerow at the end of the garden next to the field, making wilder marks as I…

Maxine Dodd, orange and lavender dawn

Winter white?

Following on from last week, the winter has begun to bite deep into the countryside. We’ve had days of hard frosts and now today, the snow is falling. It was too cold to hang the washing out, so instead, I festooned our garden trees with food for the birds. Colour arrived in the form of one fleeting but spectacular dawn and a fieldfare bossed all the birds. Here are some of my drawings:

Beautiful, cold January

Winter has arrived in middle England – it’s been cold and foggy, with the exception of one day when the sun came out. I hung washing on the line and couldn’t resist setting up outside to draw. It was wonderful to be outside in the fresh air. The rest of the week has been cold and foggy but just had to go out and draw the branches of trees in the mist. Not for long as it was freezing – Happy New Year! Here are some of my drawings:

Formula 1 – Austin, Texas

Another thriller! Racing on the new Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas – this race did not disappoint. Red Bull took the Constructors’ Championship. Lewis Hamilton in dogged pursuit of Sebastian Vettel, finally took the race after a brilliant overtake in Lap 42, leaving the championship title open until the last race in Brazil. For me, I loved the contrast from Abu Dhabi – different light – bright sunshine, lovely rise and fall on the track, all of which added to the challenge of drawing this race. It was great to see Formula 1 back in America in such…