Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Wells Cathedral, A Work in Progress.

It's been ages since I've posted and I'm not keeping up with my friends blogs, for which I apologise. Life is very busy at the moment. We have the first of 3 Christmas Showings this Thursday (10-00  ~  1600).

 The Gallery Lady and I have spoken twice more ... but I'm not sure if we will go far together.

I'm buried in drawing Wells Cathedral. Although I'm not keen on its exterior, inside is a delight. It looks modern but is about 900+ years old.



It's a big drawing (pen & ink) 22 inches high and 16 inches wide. Being the World's worst photographer: I have managed to make a black and white picture look Green and Brown!! Don't know how I managed it.

Celeste suggested that a WIP might be in order, and here it is!

40 comments:

  1. I kind of like that photo-color-shifting ;)
    The drawings looks like it's coming along beautifully. I am really looking forward to seeing it finished :) Just fabulous!

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    1. Thanks very much, give my love to Henny!

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  2. It will nice to see the birth and growth of your works, all born to be masterpieces.
    I understand that many different activities, with the drawing in pen and ink ... when comes the evening, also get to travel the blogosphere and leave comments can be too!
    Have a nice days, dear John.
    Rita.

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  3. Thank you for your kind words and your understanding of my problems. I'm hoping life slows down a little soon!

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  4. Awesome job, John! I am amazed by how well you draw - you continuously out-do yourself time after time.

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  5. oh how cool! I do love to see the work at this stage and I hope you continue to give up updates..it is looking amazzzing!

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    1. Thanks, Celeste. It reminds me of an owl, at his stage

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  6. So every time I come here i'm amazed. You have such an eye for values. I can see how being of just a little could really screw things up. The drawing is of course flawless. WIP it good!

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    1. It's all a bit 'dodgy', Dan - There's no turning back with pen & ink. Thanks for your kind comments

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    1. Just hope it remains a a smooth ride and doesn't f;ow onto the rocks!

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  8. This is wonderful already, John!! I'm glad Celeste suggested WIP..I love to see how a painting progresses !

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    1. Thanks Hilda. Just hope you are fully recovered from the Sandy flooding

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  9. I wash admiring your red and green washes, until I read your post! :) Wonderful work in the making, John!

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    1. Thanks Judy. If I could patent black ink changing colour I'd make a fortune

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  10. This is gorgeous already, John. I can't wait to see it completed. Your fine attention to detail echos my own love of detail though you are much better at it!

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  11. Wow - amazing! Arches are SO difficult where perspective is concerned. Your drawings are clearly by the hands of a master :0)
    PS. Pink and blue on my screen, lol! ;0)

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    1. There will be so many arches and nooks and crannies, Sandra, that I shall be cross-eyed!

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  12. Hi John. Green and brown or not, your drawing looks stunning already! It should prove to be magnificent when finished!!!

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  13. Thank you, Kathtyn - I need to catch up on your WIP

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  14. yes I get that problem when I photograph my drawings and paintings - thankfully I'm slightly better at painting and drawing than I am at photography - this is looking amazing already even if it is green and brown - cant wait to see the finished result - your patience and skill is incredible

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    1. Thank you, Sharon ... I owe you a visit ot two!

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  15. It is such a busy time of year isn't it? I've fallen behind with my friends posts too, which is always a sad thing. But I'm here to say hello john and that I missed you!! I think Celeste had it right a WIP was the way to go as this is gorgeous!! And I was wondering how I managed to make a white horse look pink today so I guess you and I are in the same boat with our camera skills. ;)

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  16. It certainly is busy, I've just returned from a show ... and a 12 hour show is a bit telling on old bones! I'll really try to catch up with everyone this weekend ... pink horses sound good :0)

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  17. Wow, John - as if drawing an arch is not difficult enough - how about a slightly off center arch seen from below? And you have the dimension/proportions exact! Amazing! And I love ( and am grateful for ) the work in progress!

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  18. Thank you, Susan. Yes it's all about 'angles' and they will get more and more complex as the work develops ... if one is off then they will all seem wrong ... that's the challenge I have set myself!

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  19. Hi John, I can already imaging how much beautiful it will be this work. Have a good week end! Ciao.

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  20. Thank you, Tito ... have a nice weekend yourself! Ciao!

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  21. What a powerful drawing! The design is spectacular. The finished drawing will be too; your a talented craftsman John Simlett. I've been just as negligent, I apologize too. Tis the season to be busy. Thankfully, there's usually peace on earth and in our household after Christmas. --What is a WIP? I am terrible at acronyms--and actually hate them. Using them too often assumes everybody is into whatever you're into big time and mostly they are not. To me, LOL means lots of laughs; to Ellis, LOL means lots of love. I guess I'm the funny one and he's the lover. LOL :-) To others, it means something else, which I keep forgetting.

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    1. Thank you, Linda, you're too kind to an old scribbler. Sorry about WIP (Work in Progress). I used that acronym in Industry many years ago, but it was only when I came into this part of the blogasphere that I noted that 'artists' seem to use it all the time.

      In the 1930's an American named Taylor sorted out industry and all its shortcomings, as a result of which America sprang ahead of the rest of the field. In the intervening years all he taught got forgotten until the
      Japanese rediscovered it. They took over the world with modern advanced technology!!

      Much of Taylor's vocabulary got absorbed into the vocabulary of the modern day consultant and politician... it sounded good but meant nothing in it's new usage, Such neo-Taylorism's as: WIP, JIT (Just in Time), Centres of Excellence, Mission Statements, Line Managers, Bench Marking, World Class, facilitators ... none of which are defined. For example, where is World Class defined? It sounds plausible enough though! And so we are directed by the use of smoke screens and mirrors ....SO... sorry about WIP!!!!

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  22. Hi John, I am so happy you are doing a wip. It's great seeing how you begin one of your masterpieces. Can't wait to see your next post.

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  23. You've barely started but your awesomeness is already very apparent. Big thanks for agreeing to do a WIP ... I'm on the edge of my seat waiting to see the next stage.
    I understand about your lack of time and am pathetically behind with blogging myself and I haven't touched a brush or pencil in weeks. We can only do what we can do. Good luck with the shows.

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  24. Thank you , John. Strange isn't it, how time flies by...I get up earlier and earlier and go to bed later and later (seven days a week) and still don't have enough time!

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  25. Tu trabajo es impresionante! admiro tu capacidad de ver la composición y esa mano tan firme para los trazos. Un saludo

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  26. Thank you very much for your kind words, Tina

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  27. Thank you, Jane ...looks Owl like to me :0)

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