The end . . . and fresh starts.

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At last! I’ve come to the end of the pile of orders had to be posted before tomorrow and I finished a day earlier than I’d expected! I secretly hoped I would as I wanted to be able to fully relax tonight as I am off out to the Gunton Arms   to meet up with three girlfriends to talk business. Sort of. It’s our Christmas party 🙂

We’ve set up a bijou business group to give each other support. So far we have two analytical types and two creative types so there’s a good balance.

I love this time of year because it although I am so very tired from all the late nights and early mornings working in the last 6 weeks I have a huge sense of achievement and every year feel ready for a change. Out with the old in with the new. Plans are afoot and it will involve a massive amount of work on my part and a clear head but I am determined. Somehow I have to find time to tackle the garden too, so it resembles less of a wasteland.

I left Instagram and Facebook today. I’m going to see how life is without Facebook for at least 6 months to a year, I know I will miss a lot of people but many of them are on Twitter or I could actually  see or phone in 2013!  This was prompted by their now retracted ‘new’ terms in which they seemed to claim that unless you deleted your Instagram account by Jan 16th then you were granting them rights to all your photos. I really dislike this high-handed careless way “they” (they being Facebook who now own Instagram) go about things. So although this is retracted now I feel disgruntled and don’t feel inclined to let them store anymore of my messages, interactions and photos. When you die what happens to all that? It stays in their archives. I think that might change in their future, what a minefield storing people’s virtual lives forever! I want to be involved in real life this year.

I used to feel slightly incredulous at friends who weren’t on Facebook and now I think they are the clever ones ;).

Wishing you all a wonderful relaxing Christmas with a sprinkling of friends and a huge dose of love, Gabs

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#ippdailydraw – After Dinner sketch. The last one of August.

Here’s my last sketch of August. I can feel the seasons change today too.

It’s the last day of #ippdailydraw 😦 I haven’t done a momentous final piece – it’s a loose scratchy observation of the dinner table and a brief look at my daughter before she finished her food.

I found my ink pen! But I wonder if I’ve ruined it pulling over the page… it doesn’t flow so easily and I have to press quite hard.

How successful was the project  – drawing every day for a month? I definitely feel that I am less daunted by drawing and believe it or not less judge mental about my own work. I worry less about the result and more about whether I feel a true interest in or love for what I am depicting. Certain subjects were energising and are the start of new things!:)   That’s why I am looking forward to going back through this month’s sketches and developing a small body of work or a single piece inspired by one of these sketches each week in September ( #ippweeklycreate) You can read all about that here.

What did you get out of it? Do send me your favourite drawing or drawings if you can’t choose and I will aim to have the showcase up on Monday or Sunday. Don’t worry if you miss the deadline as I will add you later in the week.

The hache tag #ippdailydraw will still be there for any one to add to in the future! I’d like to know your opinions as to whether I keep the current Flickr group open – and would you be likely to continue the odd drawing and add it to the group? Or would it be best to start-up a new general one?

Thanks for taking part – it’s been inspiring X

#ippdailydraw Sunday 19th August

What a scorcher of a day again! However today I had to work in my studio – you can imagine how hot I get in there with 8 glass panes. Of course I flung open the doors but still! I was quite relieved to see thunder and lightening at about 2pm. I enjoyed sitting outside eating my lunch with the family being gently pelted by cool rain. I’d had a headache all morning from the heat and general brightness which lifted as soon as the brief storm came!

A seventies Flour Shaker – pencil and ink – ©Gabriella Buckingham

Casting about for something to draw I tackled this. I’ve drawn it several times but have never been satisfied with it. Always I find the little circular openings for the flour to fall from are easy to draw but the type is very tricky – especially as in real life it doesn’t line up and has an almost hand done appearance. Probably each letter was transferred like Letraset– if you’re over 35 you  know what I am referring to! Also handles – jugs, cups etc are always a challenge.

Throughout my day I’ve been listening to SmartCreativeWomen devised and hosted by illustrator and designer Monica Lee who I have recently found on Twitter. I am absolutely loving hearing what all Monica’s guests have to say. I’d thoroughly recommend working your way through the videos if you’re a creative type! I particularly enjoyed Tula Pink today and Sarah Jane Wright. The women interviewed are in various walks of creative life and all tell the story of how they arrived at their success. Inspiring stuff 🙂