Olympic Ice Gold

Hello! Day 7 was unique for British sports fans. On St Valentine’s Day 1984, the Gold Medal for Ice Dance was won by Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean. 30 years on, also on St Valentine’s Day, the Gold Medal for Women’s Skeleton was won by Elizabeth Yarnold. Both events breathtaking and both brilliant. Amazing achievements that we’ll remember here for a long time to come. Here are my drawings:

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Olympic Flight

Hello! Day 6 saw an incredible competition in the Men’s Ski Slopestyle. Fantastic competitors from all over the world but it was clean sweep of medals for the skiers from the USA, who were simply magnificent. Great lads! Here are my drawings:

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Olympic sunshine

Hello! Day 5 began in glorious sunshine for the Women’s Downhill event. A great course put all to the test but the outcome was a gold medal for two women, Dominique Gisin of Switzerland and Tina Maze of Slovenia – who flew down the run in 1:41.57. Wonderful! Here are my drawings:

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Olympic precision

Hello! Day 4 began with another incredible contest in the air with Ski Slopestyle. Ladies first and all GB fans watching Katie Summerhayes who put in a great performance at her first Olympics. A fine win for Canada’s Dara Howell. By complete contrast, the curling continues and the beginning of the half-pipe featuring the legendary Shaun White. It’s another engrossing day! Here are my drawings:

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Olympic lows and highs

Hello! Second day at Sochi saw an amazing Men’s Downhill – heartbreak for my favourite skier Bode Miller, but an incredible run for Austria’s Matthias Mayer. A fine win for Jamie Anderson in the Women’s Slopestyle and a bronze medal for GB’s Jenny Jones. What a day! Here are my drawings:

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Olympic grace

Hello! Suddenly a complete change of direction! A must see though – the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. The first day has seen some fantastic sport but my first post looks at Ice Dancing from the Team Figure Skating event. Some lovely routines – very romantic and in the run-up to Valentine’s Day, very appropriate! Here are my drawings:

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Three faces

Hello! Still on the path of music, I’ve been working on more drawings of faces at play. More finding their way to the dustbin than here, but I wanted to share these three with you. Here are my drawings:

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Playing

Hello! Following my recent post inspired by cellos and basses, I’ve been looking and drawing more musicians, this time concentrating on their faces while they play. Arguably, the most amazing face belonged to cellist Paul Tortelier, a wonderful and much-missed musician. The drawings I’ve made of him here are a start and I’ll have to practice more, but I wanted to include them. You’ll see that I left the watercolour off in two of them as I felt the lines were enough. Here are my drawings:

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Fascinating rhythm

I saw these musicians on TV playing at the New Year’s day concert in Vienna. The line of basses (or cellos – apologies for my ignorance) created a wonderful pattern that I found fascinating. I loved the repetition of each musician playing side by side, but of course, each one is unique, creating a nuance between each figure. My impressions were very quick and ragged to say the least, but I think worth developing further. See what happens! Here are my drawings:

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No moss on these Stones

A very special night at Glastonbury Festival – Rolling Stones show how it should be done. Here are my drawings – not many as we were dancing!

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