This drawing is out of season, sorry, it should have appeared in November!
I am currently compiling next year’s calendar (add yourself to my email list – link in the menu – if you want to be amongst the first to know when it’s ready)… and I found that this one from last year had never got onto my blog. So, I’m adding it now, having just spent some tedious minutes scrolling through a lot of Facebook to find the text I wrote for it…
“The Training Plan”
The temperature is dropping, triathletes have retreated to the indoor pool to keep up their training, but some have notched up the effort and refuse to go indoors, wacking out training routines in rapidly cooling water. Welcome to the winter swimming season, when all normal human behaviour is turned on its head, and people who swim for fun all summer get competitive under conditions that would make professionals shudder.
To be fair, Lucy is competing against herself and nobody else, but with awesome dedication. Under these conditions a training plan typed neatly and laminated and propped up at the end of the pool isn’t going to cut it. The pool is a lake, the water is about 5 degrees and she ain’t faffing!
(at least, no more than is strictly necessary…..)
The Training Plan
The text used in this drawing was Lucy’s actual training plan, extracted from a photo of her arm!
Professor Andy Wolf recently retired from a career in medicine and proudly became the oldest
man to solo swim the English Channel in 2018 whilst raising funds for revolutionary 3D printing
technology for children’s cardiac surgery at the Bristol Children’s Hospital.
In his fascinating talk Prof Wolf will take us through the trials and tribulations of the training and competition of his Channel swimming exploits.
We will also be treated to explanations about the revolutionary 3D printing technology that Prof
Wolf is helping to fund-raise for and develop which is enabling surgeons at the Bristol Children’s
Hospital to print exact models of patient’s hearts so that they can plan and practice complex
surgeries. The 3D printing will also allow surgeons to bio-print using stem-cells, meaning that
the implanted organ grows with the child and never needs replacing.
Prof Wolf’s talk will be interspersed with live music on a watery theme from local musicians and
the opportunity to enjoy some lovely homemade cakes followed by Q&A
Lake Mural by Nancy Farmer. Photo Joanna Richardson
This isn’t new artwork I just wanted to post this photo, courtesy of Joanna Richardson. This is a panel I designed for Marlens (the charity which maintains the Marine Lake at Clevedon), one of three printed onto tiles and installed at the lake. Usually it’s not underwater, but on Friday it was a very, very high tide. And below is me on a different day, next to it, just for reference!
Me and the Mural! Photo Mary Stanley-duke (I think!)
I’ve been looking at some of my photos taken at Vobster Quay, of swimmers underwater. I take these as an aid to creating paintings and not as an end to themselves, but I thought I would share this with you. The movements of swimmers are always lovely, it’s the weightlessness, but I particularly liked this sweep down, a dive with two leg kicks.
The camera is an Olympus Tough (orange, now obsolete, but there are newer versions), It’s very wide angle which makes the swimmers look quite far away and quite deep down, even if you see just one photo close-up. Click on the sequence and you should be able to see it in reasonable detail.
This blog is changing. This post is mostly to let you know if you are following by email.
I need (I think) a dedicated website to contain all my swimming-related artwork. And a second one to contain all my other artwork. This one is about to become ‘Art for Swimmers’ (probably). My other blog – nancyfarmer.wordpress.com is about to become my main website, with everything else on it (probably).
The original cat-of-the-day blog will remain here, but lately it’s mostly swimmers not cats… you may have noticed. That’s the idea at this point anyway.
If you are following by email, you may get extra emails as I add more artwork. I wouold love you to continue to subscribe, but I thought you should know.
My small and sometimes tidy studio is once more full of boxes: not only are there lots of Somerset Arts Week brochures ready to be distributed, I also have a few hundred calendars. So if you’d like to do your Christmas shopping early, now’s the time…
An experiment last year more to please myself than anything – a calendar I produced of my growing collection of Swimming Drawings – turned out to be a runaway success. So this year I have produced a new one with the latest pick of swimming drawings. These include drawings of long summer swims in warm lakes, and icy dips in the middle of winter, and include Chillswim’s two events that I took part in lately: Coniston end-to-end and The Big Chill Swim.
And if slipping into freezing cold lakes is not your thing, I have a calendar that gathers together all my past Flower…
I may have mentioned that I draw all of the Cat-of-the-Day drawings on my Samsung phone… and I may have mentioned that I loved the phone so much I recently bought a Samsung tablet that has the same pointy little stylus that I draw with but a much bigger screen (people ask me what software I use – it’s not the software, it’s the hardware that’s important).
However, just now I am drawing with the phone, because this is the bag in which the tablet lives. It is a valuable tool, and it is being closely guarded.
Random-sketch-of-the-day! I wouldn’t have had a hot chocolate at the hairdressers had it not been for the 3 hours swimming from yesterday still making me hungry, and then when it came, I was transfixed by its alien surface, all covered by little white cylinders of marshmallows. What could I do but sketch it while I waited for the hair stuff to do its thing….?
Happy New Year to you all! May your demons be no more serious than these ones 🙂 I did this quick sketch which seemed more suitable to the other blog – I have to say I don’t think they are as convincing as some of the other spelling animals, but I was a bit short on time this morning….
I had another play with the mezzotint rocker yesterday, with a proper sketch first and everything. I took some photos as I went along, but I’m not going to explain the ‘rocking’ process in much detail as you can see that on this post of a few weeks ago.
A cross-over has occurred between my two blogs – the drawing that this mezzotint is based on is one of my cat-of-the-day sketches. The printing plate is aluminium and is cut to the same size as the prints I have made into coasters. For a while I have thought that the drawings of Percy in his beanbag would make a good set of images for my ‘Art Under Your Coffee’ coasters, but then, there is nothing to stop them being framed prints instead…
Aluminium plate with drawing first in pencil and then fineliner…