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My landscape drawings are sliding back into being portraits of individual trees. But with trees like these, they really deserve their own drawings.



Again, a grey, damp dawn, totally lacking in inspiring light, but as I was approaching the chestnut avenue, I was tickled to no end when a dog-walker came racing toward me with a wild look in her eye, calling out, "Beware the conker trees!" as she rushed by. As I sat beaneath this one, I did fear slightly that it might eat me or something, but all it did was hurl sodden conkers (perilously close to my head). The past couple times I've been in the park, I've noticed a lot of Chinese people gathering big bags of chestnuts off the ground. This time, when I asked a lady about it, she said she boils them to eat. I thought they were horse chestnuts, I didn't realise they were edible. Then I got a lot of Chinese people gathering around and telling me in stilted English about the people in their family who also like to draw. It was a nice, sociable kind of morning.

I met up with Philip Reeve last night at the House of Illustration party (more about that soon but a quick pic here), and afterward we chatted more about drawing and writing and such. For his drawings, he's been using a 2H mechanical pencil on fairly ordinary A4 paper, which at first surprised me, but then made me understand how he could get such sharp lines (such as the lichen on this tree branch).

Back at the Fleece Station, we're gearing up for the Alexandra Palace Knitting & Stitching Show! It runs Thursday to Sunday, and this'll be a new one for me. If you're there do stop by our booth to say hi to Gary Northfield, Stitch London coordinator Lauren O'Farrell and me, and to Derek the Sheep and Vern and Lettuce.



Edit: I helped make some of these badges! (Here's a list of what we'll be selling, plus Gary and I might do a few on-the-spot watercolour paintings.)

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_w_o_o_d_
Oct. 5th, 2010 11:20 am (UTC)
Hey, if you like odd-shaped trees, I recently came across this gallery on the "La Hulotte" site ("Le Journal le plus lu dans les terriers !"). Signposts eater, fence eaters, railing eaters, Cannibal trees, Anteater trees, propeller trees, Tinkers, rock gobblers, the Deadly Highway, the Devil's bushes...
_w_o_o_d_
Oct. 5th, 2010 11:21 am (UTC)
Also, it looks like I will eventually be able to attend Angoulême this year. Hope to see you there !

They haven't announced the 2011 program yet, though.
jabberworks
Oct. 5th, 2010 11:22 am (UTC)
Ooh, that's great news! Really glad I'll get to catch up with you. Just going away to look at that tree site, thanks for the link! x
mr_sadhead
Oct. 5th, 2010 04:07 pm (UTC)
Ah, it's conker season up on 15th near Volunteer Park as well. The chestnuts are falling on the ground all over the place. I almost got nutted by one last week.
If you decide to gather them and roast them, remember to score them with a knife in an X pattern so they don't burst in the fire!
jabberworks
Oct. 5th, 2010 05:35 pm (UTC)
Hurrah for chestnuts! Do you roast them?
mr_sadhead
Oct. 5th, 2010 05:37 pm (UTC)
Sadly no .. I might be allergic.
jabberworks
Oct. 5th, 2010 05:38 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's sad, mr sadhead! :(
_w_o_o_d_
Oct. 5th, 2010 05:32 pm (UTC)
Also, yes, I was always told that this kind of chestnut was not edible, as opposed to this kind which is yummy.
jabberworks
Oct. 5th, 2010 05:34 pm (UTC)
Oh good! They ARE the yummy kind! No Chinese people with bellyaches, then. (I suspected they knew what they were doing.) ;)
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