Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Walk Two Hundred and Four – The curse of the artist’s pen

horsechestnut
I was on my way to the bluebell wood and to my surprise saw that the village shop was boarded up and that there were huge cracks in the front of the building. It’s a good thing I’m not superstitious. First I draw Rufus and the next day he has to be rushed to the vet at death’s door, then I draw the village shop and it’s ram-raided and has to be closed down for at least three months! Unbelievable, idiotic and such a terrible thing to do to the owner and the community. More about it here.

125mm x 410mm ink and watercolour in large watercolour moleskine

8 Comments:

Anonymous petescully said...

That's so awful about the ram-raiding. These Herts villages eh. They should make the people who did it rebuild the shop.
Love the autumnal colours, very vibrant.

12:48 am  
Blogger Tami said...

Sorry about the shop, that is terrible! Your sketch is beautiful, though!

7:49 am  
Blogger Julie Oakley said...

Pete and Tami sadly the morons who did it seem to have got away with it. Autumn this year has been particularly long and beautiful - maybe it's all the mild weather we've had.

10:17 am  
Blogger Katherine said...

How awful and how really sickening for the owner!

12:31 pm  
Blogger Penny said...

What a senseless thing to do, but oh Julie what a lovely sketch, it is gorgeous,I could just sit and look and look at it, just the way I wish things were like here, autumn seems so far off, with probably a long dry summer going on for months and months, no wonder so many farmers in Australia suffer from depression. We have just been told we are not eligible for drought relief as there is no drought here!

11:04 pm  
Anonymous Annie said...

I love the way we can scroll down your sketch, Julie,and watch the unfolding of the autumn colors against those clouds-- You have salvaged something lovely from a horrible event.

It is sickening that they are not yet able to find these ram-raiders and make them confront and pay for this senseless violence. How devastating for the owner.
Annie

1:49 pm  
Blogger Jana Bouc said...

First, the painting is just beautiful and I love the way you used the full length of the two pages to get the trees and the scene below them. Second, I've never heard of this horrible method of robbery/vandalism before--disgusting! And third, I've often had that thought about the artists' pen. It seems that way to me too. Many of the shops I've painted are now something else entirely or just gone. The old-fashioned ice cream parlor disappared right after I painted it and became a Starbucks. The Bait Shop is now a nail parlor, etc.

6:51 pm  
Blogger Alison said...

A lovely autumn piece - It's interesting how loosely you have done the leaves but they work perfectly. I'm with Penny - I want our autumn NOW

9:59 pm  

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