Tuesday, May 26, 2009

8,000 steps 3.8 miles 456 calories!

The Fishing Net (Moor Hen Pond, 24th May 2009, 4.15pm)
8.5" x 11.5", pencil and coloured pencils
copyright Katherine Tyrrell

Well if I'm going to start counting steps I might as well show you how it comes out! Unfortunately this is the only record I have of the walk on Sunday afternoon and I know I rounded the number of steps - but it was only just over 8,000 steps. This pedometer cancels the count and starts again in the early hours of the morning so I need to learn to write totals down before I go to bed!

However I now know the length of my classic long walk which should provide some incentive to do it a bit more often.

Here's the sketch I did at the pond. Fishing season has begun and the kiddie fishing nets are out in force at the weekends, ably assisted by the Mums and Dads who are enjoying a second childhood.

Speaking personally, I always used to enjoy going crabbing as a child - but I need to live a bit closer to the sea for that!

Sunday's sketch is not the best designed of sketches as the people sat down to fish after I had started the sketch so I fitted them in the best I could! I think I'll probably have another go at this one as a formal drawing and see what I can make of it.

I'm beginning to enjoy the way the sketches and drawings for the Ecology Park Ponds are beginning to repeat in the same way that the photographs already are. Just compare this scene from this one sketched on the 2nd January when I could barely sit on the metal seat because it was so cold.

....erm - did I remember to mention how I forgot to put my pedometer on yesterday when we went out for another walk! I'm sure I'll get the hang of it soon....


  1. lovely soft colors love the one with the children fishing

  2. Just wonderful art... LOl to the caleries. Good going.

    This is looking so soft. Love it.

  3. Well, I was about to tell you how much I liked the composition and then read that it wasn't to your liking--so much for us Beginners! Something about it still excites me
    --so there!
    Congrats on 8,000 steps, anyway.

  4. Your young fisher folk work a treat (for me), Katherine in the foreground. I admire the way you cut them out of the negative space. The second drawing with the birds is beautiful too. I know I've said it before but The Ponds is such a wonderful series.

    How long am I going to be able to hold out on buying a pedometer! It's driving me mad that I don't know how long my morning walk is. Your 8000 steps is a very productive amount - it must be quite easy to clock up the extra 2000 a day in regular routine.

  5. I'm so pleased to have found this blog through your link on 'Who's made a Mark this week' as it contains some of my favourite aspects of Making a Mark. I've just been in Peru where 8000 steps would have been out of the question and I would happily count 1000 steps as about 10,000, but now that I'm back at sea level the Sketchercise program you mentioned sounds perfect - will you be telling us how to go about getting an invitaion to join?


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