Monday, 31 May 2010

This Gypsy Life.

As the field has been giving me so much inspiration lately, I decided to pack up my pochade box (a french inspired, travelling studio. A longer description is on my website), a flask of tea and a sandwich and do some drawing outside.

Not many people know this, but my Great Grandmother was a true Romany. My Mother and Sister have the dark hair and complexion, but my colouring comes from my Father's Irish heritage. Sheesh, what a mixture, but it explains a lot, maybe, haha!

Just lately, I've been inspired to explore this and inevitably, it's found it's way into my sketchbook.

These Romany Vardas are very rough and I've noticed that I've totally neglected to put in shadows, so they seem to be hovering in the woods!


A dark haired busker.


Mabel helped with the greenfly problem under the trees, but sadly, made it hard to draw!


This one is inspired by a song by the Levellers and so is called 'Collecting Beautiful Words'.


I'm not sure whether these will make it into paint, as sometimes I just enjoy sketching. I'd like to explore the Gypsy theme some more though, so I'll keep you all posted :)

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