Things That You Find in the Long Grass

My starting point for this module is a sketchbook from my childhood which I called Things That You Find in the Long Grass. The things that I found in the long grass of my imagination were wide-ranging including a skyscraper, a radio, a horse, and a boat. In amongst these were sketches of items that you would be more likely to see should you find yourself striding through some long grass.

There are 26 drawings in total. My materials of choice seem to have been blue or black ink (BIC pens have always been a favourite), wax crayons and coloured pencils. Some subjects occur more than once but the majority are of items which are not repeated. These include bees, a flower pot, horse, toadstool, car, cat, radio and vase.

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Of the items repeated three focus on a man wearing a hat, two include figures sitting at a picnic table, three cover an assortment of buildings and two are of single flowers.

Some drawings I can relate to items which are still in the family home including a Bush radio and a vase. There is also what could be a bottle of sherry possibly seen as exotic because alcohol tended to be consumed only on special occasions. Other drawings relate to objects or animals that would have been meaningful to me at the time.

  • Cat – we always had cats, mostly strays who came and never left.
  • Horse – I can only relate this to a pony that was in a nearby field and my friend and I used to go and feed him.
  • Toadstools – the type with the red colouring and white spots are not something I can recall seeing but I did like reading fairy stories so the idea may have come from there.
  • Beachball, bucket and spade – I loved holidays in the Scottish Highlands and Western Isles, still do.
  • Bees – my grandfather had bee hives and I used to like watching him working with the bees.
  • Boat – perhaps related to the Caledonian MacBrayne ferries we went on for our holidays.

Of the subjects that are repeated there are two examples of figures sitting at a table. Interestingly (I’m thinking of that sherry bottle again) the figures at the table appear to be drinking, an activity that must have been unusual enough to capture my imagination or, perhaps, the association was with celebrating.

In another drawing four figures are sitting around a picnic rug. Since alcohol doesn’t seem to be present this is possibly based on my birthday which is in the summer and, weather permitting, often involved a picnic.

My aim at this stage is to revisit the drawings and consider how I could use these to develop this current strand of theme of ageing.

Related Posts

Outside the Box – Developing the Theme of Ageing – (Accessed on 30.03.18)

Practical Exercise 1 – Artwork – Bees – (Accessed on 28.03.18)

Practical Exercise 2 – Photos – (Accessed on 28.03.18)