Friday, August 2, 2013

15 minute sketches

Bread to bake, so had half an hour spare, en route to drawing.  I purloined this pad and fixed pastel colours on each page with rubbing alcohol just before the timer sounded.  Next the task was to use about 5 pastels to record some part of a scene at the dock, primarily using colour in 15 minutes. I want to do three of these evry day until the book is filled. The pad pages are roughly 4X4.5".




Below a glimpse of what happens at the dock at night, written 31st July, 2013.

Night Swimming in Maine


Limb-tangle of night jumpers
pouring their bodies rapid fire
into the sea.

‘It’s a party down there,’
says the birthday girl,
breathlessly.

Light pools on bikini shoulders.
Wring of towel.
Barnacle tiptoe up stairs.

And squeals as water
peels from backs,
Labrador-style.

We listen from the house
Imagining our smaller frames
Stepping off the dock into the night air.

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