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Dove Cottage

Post by JJWilliamson » Mon Feb 01, 2016 3:48 pm

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The original pencil drawing is a little sharper. I don't know if it's good enough yet, but my drawings are getting better, I think.

Dove Cottage

When I first climbed the slopes of Loughrigg Fell
to trace the spring of old Romantic blood,
I knew I’d fallen under Wordsworth’s spell,
enslaved to nameless becks and blue bell woods.

I watched a cloud drift over Silver How
and listened to the wind through copper beech,
remembered why I’d walked to Grasmere brow
then paused for thought outside St Oswald’s church.

Wild flowers thrive and bloom near lakeland’s bard,
they weave a coloured path to where he lies
and there I stood, alone, beside the crowd,
with daffodils and graves before my eyes.

Now every time I pass his garden gate,
I think of silent tombs and streams in spate.
Long time a child and still a child

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Post by David » Mon Feb 01, 2016 5:12 pm

I think it's very good, JJ. Cunning angle, as well, so we can't see the arts complex that has sprouted alongside it (from memory, at least).

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Post by JJWilliamson » Mon Feb 01, 2016 10:09 pm

David wrote:I think it's very good, JJ. Cunning angle, as well, so we can't see the arts complex that has sprouted alongside it (from memory, at least).

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Thanks very much, David.

Yeh, the cottage looks as if it's the only building for miles around. I've removed the "This way to Wordsworth" signs, deliberately left the front road looking like a track and removed any sign of modern life. I think.

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Post by Antcliff » Tue Feb 02, 2016 6:26 pm

I especially liked the windows and shadows, JJ. :D
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Post by Pauline » Tue Feb 02, 2016 7:51 pm

Wow.
This is great.
The attention to fine detail is impressive.
Even down to the leaded windows.
I particularly like the cast of the shadows.
The trees, roof and stonework are also great.
Must have taken a lot of patience.
My fave of yours so far :)

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Post by JJWilliamson » Wed Feb 03, 2016 2:02 pm

Thanks, Seth

Pleased you liked the windows and shadows. There are several layers of graphite in this drawing and the leaded windows and shadows were part of the last layer. I've still got a touch more shading to blend in under some of the trees, then I'm finished.

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Antcliff wrote:I especially liked the windows and shadows, JJ. :D
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Post by JJWilliamson » Wed Feb 03, 2016 3:29 pm

Thank you, Pauline, for the encouragement. I love how you've identified the areas you liked. It really does help. I spent an age drawing this pic, but took it in easy stages. When boredom or tiredness sets in I put it in my folder for a couple of days. I've a touch more shading to blend in under the tree canopies, then I'm done. I'll force myself to stop. :) Thanks again for mentioning the shadows. I was happy with the result but scared to start daubing such dark shades onto the paper.
I've also nearly completed a Newman Taylor drawing but I've hit a couple of snags. Working on it.

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Pauline wrote:Wow.
This is great.
The attention to fine detail is impressive.
Even down to the leaded windows.
I particularly like the cast of the shadows.
The trees, roof and stonework are also great.
Must have taken a lot of patience.
My fave of yours so far :)
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Re: Dove Cottage

Post by rossdalglish » Thu Feb 04, 2016 4:06 pm

Excellent drawing JJ. It puts me in mind of an overcast summer's day when the sun breaks through, that quality of light, a bit breezy too. I wish I were there now with Mrs D for a walk up to Alcock Tarn.
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Post by Pauline » Thu Feb 04, 2016 9:43 pm

JJWilliamson wrote:I've also nearly completed a Newman Taylor drawing but I've hit a couple of snags. Working on it.
Look forward to seeing it :)

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Post by Magpie Jane » Thu Feb 04, 2016 11:29 pm

That's a wonderful drawing, JJ.
Though I've never been there, I'd say it has a very authentic feeling, a spirit of place.
Did you draw it from real-life? or from a photo? (just curious)

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Post by JJWilliamson » Fri Feb 05, 2016 11:07 am

Thanks, Ross, glad you liked it. :)

I know Alcock Tarn well. It's a lovely walk that gives you the flavour of the Lake District without demanding the sweat and pain of loftier ascents. That's the beauty of the place. As wainwright said, "It's all delectable country".

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rossdalglish wrote:Excellent drawing JJ. It puts me in mind of an overcast summer's day when the sun breaks through, that quality of light, a bit breezy too. I wish I were there now with Mrs D for a walk up to Alcock Tarn.
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Post by JJWilliamson » Fri Feb 05, 2016 11:32 am

Thank you, Jane, for a very encouraging visit. :)

Dove cottage doesn't stand alone these days. It's close to a number of buildings and car parks but from certain angles it has a timeless look, especially if you don't draw the signs to Willy's gaff. It helps if the tourists are left out of the picture. On a day like this one there would be a steady flow of interested parties in and around the cottage. It's lovely.

I used several photos as points of reference, one in particular. I also used my memory and a touch of licence. EG I knew the wall extended beyond the frame of the main photo so I drew it from memory. The stones in the wall are pretty much of my own design, but not the positioning of the wall. There is a small dry stone wall in my garden that helped (more of a holding wall). The trees, sky, foreground and shrubberies are impressions that follow the general layout of the scene, with a nudge here and there to leave room for the sky and clouds. I even used some of the trees in my back garden to study the various shadows.

Essentially, if you were to visit Dove Cottage you'd recognize the scene. I hope. :)

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Magpie Jane wrote:That's a wonderful drawing, JJ.
Though I've never been there, I'd say it has a very authentic feeling, a spirit of place.
Did you draw it from real-life? or from a photo? (just curious)

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Re: Dove Cottage

Post by JJWilliamson » Fri Feb 05, 2016 11:50 am

Thanks Pauline. I'm delighted with my attempt at Paul Newman but I'm struggling with Liz Taylor. She's very difficult to capture. Her long nose, wide wild eyes and huge bottom lip defy beauty and yet she was beautiful. Her eyes surprised me and I kept adjusting the size, ruining the impression. Now her neck and clavicle are driving me up the wall. :D Marilyn was much easier to draw, Joan Crawford wasn't. The daftest thing of all is my virtual inability to draw a self-portrait.

"O wad some Power the giftie gie us
to see oursel's as ithers see us"

Isn't that the truth. :)

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