I am still struggling to find time for blogging. The weeks are passing too quickly and I don't seem to be getting my ducks in a row. It's back to the diary format for now.
Monday 1st October
Last fortnight's blog post completed. Ordered an awning for my stall marquee.
Tuesday 2nd October
Newsletter completed and emailed by 8.11 am followed by late breakfast then a tinker with some watercolour. About 10.45 am we headed off to Rockhampton - about a 2 hour trip - for a medical appointment for my husband. The appointment was brought forward after we were on our way but we still had enough time for a quick lunch once we arrived in Rocky. After seeing the doctor we headed north from Rocky to collect our caravan which had been at its own doctor for fridge repairs. We had a short stop on the way home for refreshments and finally arrived back about 7 pm. A customer dropped his vehicle off for my husband to take to work the next morning (mechanical workshop) & hubby ferried the customer back home. By the time we had dinner it was 8 pm followed very quickly by early to bed.
Wednesday 3rd October
Craft morning - a bit more watercolour in the afternoon - quick tidy of house - art lesson. Still school holidays so only 1 student who had some fun drawing bent wire forms - a really good exercise for eye to hand drawing skills.
Thursday 4th October
Back to the watercolour. Last week I spoke about a completed pen and ink drawing of Springbrook National Park. At that stage it was waiting for watercolour to be added. The addition of watercolour is now completed.
Friday 5th October
Packed & posted the Springbrook National Park drawing.- 1/2 hour drive to Post Office at Calliope - needed to fill with fuel (diesel) - so damned expensive. Groceries and then home again. A partially completed, commissioned, double portrait was waiting to be worked on so that was my next priority. Rain.
Saturday 6th October
Washing, tidying - & then reminders sent for the Saturday afternoon art session to be held on site at the old bridge over the Boyne River at Nagoorin. Only one person was able to make it. After lunch I packed my sketching gear and drove down to the river where I was soon met by my student. We had an enjoyable time drawing the old bridge before a storm came up & disrupted our session. We had both completed a pen sketch but didn't get to the watercolour. Some photos were taken & we headed back to our homes (& I took my washing off the line) before the rain started.
Sunday 7th October
Completed the charcoal, double portrait - not happy with it - proportions are wrong & I would prefer it landscape format - need to start again. This time I will work on it with the backing board raised instead of flat on a table. When you sit and work on a drawing that is flat on a table you are looking at it at an angle. If you are not careful everything ends up skewed & with the proportions wrong. I know this, yet I made that mistake. More rain.
Monday 8th October
Started initial drawing of double portrait. Left it to add some watercolour to the drawing of the old carpentry tools. More rain.
Tuesday 9th October
Accompanied a friend to Rockhampton for a medical appointment. Had late lunch & then we headed home. Tinkered with the watercolour on the carpentry tools. Dinner & early to bed. More rain.
Wednesday 10th October
Craft morning - then helped a friend with her internet connection (probably wifi router problem) without a successful outcome - sent reminder messages for art lesson - no one available with most people away on a school camp. A bit more work on the watercolour. More rain.
Thursday 11th October
Several more layers of watercolour & finally finished - given the title of 'The Carpenter'. Scanned & images processed. More rain.
Friday 12th October
Started making some jewellery for my next stall - the jewellery has been popular and I needed some replacement stock. Decided to do some Christmas rings, earrings & pendants - bright, glittery, glass cabochon designs. Uploaded images of 'The Carpenter' to several social media sites. Still need to catch up with some updating of images on this website. Popped 'The Carpenter' into a inexpensive frame for display purposes. It will be taken over to the Queensland Heritage Park in Biloela. More rain - lots of it.
Saturday 13th October
No washing - stormy, rainy day - more jewellery - no art lesson - back to the charcoal, double portrait. More rain - total of 88 mm for the month so far ( in 9 days).
Sunday 14th October
Sorted out some stall stuff - needed to check a new awning that I purchased for my marquee - it had been sitting unopened since receiving it over a week ago. Thankfully, it was all okay. I needed to add a couple of tools to my stall kit & tidy & contain the existing ones that were thrown in the bottom of a large bag of various stall necessities. That bag of goodies is all tidy now and I might be able to find tools etc without pulling my hair out. Back to jewellery making and the charcoal, double portrait - very close to finished now - very happy with it.
Monday 15th October
Today - bed linen washed - a couple more pieces of jewellery for Halloween & then some breaky - that is, after I went into my garden and roughed out a quick 5 minute, pencil sketch of a watering can hanging on a disused tap. I needed to sort out some insurance for the historical cottage. That took all morning and still hasn't been resolved - waiting on yet another phone call. Lunch & into this blog - which also means sorting out images and taking more photos/scans. I took a short break for afternoon tea while cleaning excess glue from the last few, set cabochons (yeah, I know food & glue shouldn't mix but time was a factor), found some chain for a couple and took some photos. Another busy couple of weeks ahead of me.
Until next time
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