blustery walks and pencil sketches

October 25, 2011 § 1 Comment

About this time of year, I start experiencing a fierce need to get outside and enjoy the outdoors before winter descends in earnest. It’s really beautiful this year; haematoma skies pressing down over windy sea, vivid red hawthorn berries in great clumps, gold late-afternoon sun on dead bracken and dried up heather, cold wind and wood-smoke – really intense, inspiring stuff. And it makes a hot cup of tea and a big lump of chocolate brownie taste twice as good when you come in out of the cold…

Here are some pictures of where I’ve been stomping about over the last week. The first is in the Peak District, Derbyshire, after a 4 hour hill-walk that left the bones in my face aching with cold. The second is the coast near where I live, looking especially moody (look at the sun on the water! Blinding).

And here are some bits of pencil sketchbook-filler, because I feel as if there hasn’t been enough drawing here recently.

Not enough beards for you in this post? (I love drawing beard-hair. Really love it. Is that odd?) – my favourites this week can be found here. I defy you not to enjoy the amazing ‘beard trumps’ – even if you do pretend you never played it afterwards.

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