Wednesday, February 01, 2012

hidden in the back seat of my head

I've been given a couple of these lovely Moleskine Volant diaries as gifts in the past. They are things of beauty, but I've never really known what to do with them as I found them quite impractical as diaries. Plus I was always losing the individual months.

I came across this one the other day when I was searching the house for old receipts for my tax returns (which I got in on time, by the way). I found it behind the magazine rack. I haven't seen it since back in January 2010.

I think it shows that I wasn't sure what to do with them. It was filled with bits of this and bits of that. Back then, it seems, I even tried drawing outdoors. Well, I say outdoors but I actually mean in the car. I remember this day well...

We'd had a lot of snow that January. I'd made a trip to the bank and parked here where I almost always park. But this day was the first time I'd ever noticed the bulls head on the wall of this building. I felt the need to draw it, and did so in the ca rwith the heater and radio on. Yeah, you've guessed it I went to drive off after making this drawing and the car wouldn't start.

Anyway, since then I have come up with a for my Volant's, and I'll share that with you shortly. Cheers!

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Blogger Little Ni Studio said...

These are lovely!!! The most fun is to sketch anywhere you can,even in the car. They are truly wonderful!

5:15 PM  
Blogger T. Roger Thomas said...

Beautiful work! I love the facade of that building.

5:56 AM  
Blogger Sue Pownall said...

Thanks for sharing these old sketches.

I wonder if that building was a pub or a butchers in a former life?

4:50 AM  
Anonymous Avital said...

I was wondering how you did the drawing of the building with the bull's head without freezing to death! Now I see that you were in a car. Hope you managed to get it going again.

7:37 AM  
Blogger andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

Thanks, guys.

Yes, Sue I wondered the same thing. I thought a butchers, maybe. i should find out.

I love those little details, little surprises, that you've never noticed before. Which is why I felt I had to draw it there and then. And why my car wouldnt start at the end of the drawing!

Cheers, lovelies.

1:38 PM  
Blogger Fourborne said...

I can't wait to see what you have in store for us. I think the drawings that you started are great.

11:17 PM  
Blogger lime green cardi said...

Love the drawings & the story behind them!

8:04 PM  
Blogger andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

Cheers, guys!

11:22 PM  
Blogger Mischievous Pixie said...

Just seen this pic and made me very happy. Im on tour at the mo so feeling home sick and saw this beautiful drawing! I live just round the corner :) u should of poped in for a cupper to keep ya warm. The bulls heas is an old pub. It still has a steping stone outside so ladies could get on there horses. Thanks for making my day. :)

6:55 PM  
Blogger andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

Oh cool, Vicki. A pub? How long ago? I shall keep an eye out for the stepping stone. That's such a nice story. I'd love to have a nosey inside. x

1:15 AM  
Blogger Mischievous Pixie said...

I think me grandma can remember it being open but now its a home but ive always fancyed a look in too. a little like narnia i hope. The stocks cafe just up from there use to be the butchers that my grandads family use to work in. Its got a lot of history up there i love it. :) me grandma remembers alot about local history. X

12:36 PM  
Blogger andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

Vicki, did you see my 'sketchy moleskine'? that has a few other views of Chapel; In A Pickle and the barbers.

We'll have to come up with an excuse to knock on the door of the Bull's head house!

2:12 AM  

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