and the dead tree gives no shelter

how i spent my lunchtime

We’ve been here before, once or twice. The Silo, UC Davis. A cold December day, in fact turned too hot by the bright winter sunshine, my shade being muscled out until my ears were hot and red. The sunlight was too warm. It was uncomfortable. I even knocked my water pot into my paint set; I didn’t like that much. I thought of all the urban sketchers out there freezing their fingertips off in colder and wetter climes, and there’s me complaining about the heat. Hey, I’m British, that is what we do.  

I posted this on Urban Sketchers, so I did. Incidentally this is post number 150 since I started this blog in April. that’s 750 since April 05, including my old blog. I’m still managing an average of 50 posts every three months. Statto.

3 thoughts on “and the dead tree gives no shelter

  1. Barbara says:

    Hi Pete — I’m over here in Wine Country so many of your sketches are familiar to me from treks through and to Davis and Sacramento. I enjoy your blog tremendously!

  2. Pica says:

    Pete — I’m trying to perfect the sketching glove. I’ve knit a pair for N and I’ll let you know how it goes. They’re basically fingerless mittens that you can fold back in order to sketch.

    I realize this won’t keep you cool. It will keep you warm. But often my hands (and feet) are colder than the rest of me. Input into the design of the ideal sketching gloves would be much appreciated.

    • petescully says:

      sketching gloves, hmmm… I don’t know really, obviously the fingers-free thing like you said, but it’s a bit difficult to say, since being here I so rarely get too cold while drawing; after a couple of weeks back in freezing britain, I will probably have a better idea!

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