We've had a lovely day today. The boys have been great - heavily influenced by the lovely, and well-behaved kids that they played with on our camping weekend I think. It was so nice not to be breaking up the fights and bickering, which is what I've been doing a lot lately. I think that nice weather that allows them to stay out in the garden all day really helps. Oliver was in in the afternoon, so I didn't see much of them for a couple of hours in the afternoon, so chatted with my dad for a while and then decided to find something to sketch. It's not easy to find time to write in the holidays, I don't like to sit in front of the computer for a long time when the boys are all home with me. But I'm finding that I need to find some kind of creative outlet so as not to start getting grumpy. I can't write much over the next few weeks, but I can sketch. I can do this because the boys like to spend a lot of time drawing and writing: Thomas is still producing work at a rate of knots, and the work is becoming more detailed and more mature; Matthew usually joins him once he's finished whichever bit of mischief he's been working on; James doesn't draw as much, but when he does he creates masterpieces with no effort whatsoever. I'm thrilled to bits that they can all draw so well - they may not use art to make a living (although they may, I don't know, of course), but it's nice that they each have a good eye, and the ability to see the world in colour and form.
Anyway, this is how far I got with my sketch today. It's a small section from a photograph of King's Circus in Bath. I'll show you it again when it's finished. I'm quite pleased with it. It's not perfect, but it's amazing how easy architecture is to draw. I'm really enjoying it. I've been wanting to sketch for a long time, but I just can't do people at all, I'm terrible. So I'm pleased that I've found something that's within my capabilities! I'd like to try to complete a sketchbook of drawings of buildings - but you should know me by now: I never stick to one thing, and rarely finish anything! Though saying that, I do feel as though I'm settling down now, finding a bit of a niche, and being comfortable exactly where I am, and doing exactly what I'm doing. That's nice :)
King's Circus, Bath.