Monday, 25 August 2014

Some cottage paintings and sketches

From my vacation week away at Georgian Bay. I love everything about this cottage, and here are some attempts to capture some of the lovely old objects found around the cabin.

A pressback chair. Watercolor on w/c paper with digital background. Mostly I was hoping to record, in paint, the funky pattern and colors of the faded old cushion on this chair, but I have to say that while the cushion failed miserably I think the chair itself was a success! I took a photo of the cushion as well though, so perhaps all is not lost.

Pencil and watercolor on drawing paper, digital background. My dad's mini ("travelling") guitar on lovely old rocking chair.

I am not the first to sit and attempt to capture all that is going on on this delightful rustic kitchen wall nor, I hope, will I be the last. This kitchen has an old pump instead of a tap, that brings water up from the bay to the sink; the water that comes out of the pump is nearly hot when it is midday and sunny out. The stove runs on propane, and the fridge on recently-installed solar panels. There is no electricity in the cabin at all. To sit in this kitchen is to feel a delightful fresh breeze blowing off the bay almost constantly, and to smell sun-warmed pine trees; hear them rustling in the wind. It is more than likely that during a brief spell of sitting here someone will walk in and, depending on the time of day, ask if you'd like to partake in "elevensies" (the second pot of coffee); lunch, tea, or a gin & tonic. Ah, cottage life.

This china (and there is a large set of it, of a variety of dishes, platters, tureens, cups, etc) belonged to our lovely host's grandmother. I couldn't say when exactly the set is from, but I think logically it should be early 1900's. I've always loved the pattern, and when this little dish was sitting in front of me on the table one evening, full of chopped olives, I was inspired. Pencil, watercolor and ink on watercolor paper, digital background.

Again, always loved this tea cosy. So many good cups of tea have been had out of this old pot. Pencil and watercolor on watercolor paper.

Some small sketches of objects around the kitchen, made using a small stick and black ink on drawing paper.

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