Just For Fun: Drawing A Cathedral Pt3

Hi Everyone,

This weeks blog is a work in progress blog. So if that’s not your cup of tea, you’ll want to skip this blog. 🙂 For those who are staying, thank you. This is turning into quite an adventure. 🙂

Wishing you all an inspired and blessed week to come

Tikarma. xxxx

Art Diary: Sunday February 10th 2013. Gloucester Cathedral, south walk of cloister.

Gloucester Cathederal

Above is the reference photo, for the drawing I began in March 2011! There is the saying time flies, but this is ridiculous! My last entry was in June 2011 where I quote “So I’m hopeful I’ll have this finished before the end of the year.” *shakes head* so much for that idea.

If you’d like to re-fresh your memory or find out what on earth I’m on about, the last two entries can be found at the links below.

Just For Fun: Drawing A Cathedral Pt.1

Just For Fun: Drawing a Cathedral Pt.2

So a lot has happened in-between that’s fairly obvious. Nonetheless, I will not be beaten. This photo and my drawing have been taunting my from the wall ever since I finally got around to getting my drawing board up on the wall. *shakes head*

I know there would be some who would think, “Don’t bother, it’s too long ago now.” but I like to finish what I start. Also these drawings are my way of learning as I explain in the earlier blogs. I don’t intend to short change myself.

With that. Here is where I left off.

Gloucester Cathedral in progress

Cathedral progress photos 6

In all honesty. I haven’t picked up a pencil, pen or brush for 6 months. So there are a few nerves when jumping back in. You can’t really pick up where you left off as it were. You have to find your place with the image again.

That said. In returning back to painting and drawing, I have found…clarity. I think I learnt a lot in the months prior to the chaos that enveloped my life and I’ve had time to process what I’m doing. Not that I’m really any more certain of what I’m doing than I was when I first started painting. I am still very much “We’ll see what happens when it’s finished.” The process is still very unconscious and intuitive. That said. I did pick back up where I left off.

It was a wobbly start, but it didn’t take long for me to start drawing with a familiarity I wasn’t expecting so soon. I suppose I have reached a point of confidence. I can pick up a pencil or brush, and draw or paint because that is what I do, as opposed to all the maybe’s, and we’ll see’s.

So this is part 3

Glouster Cathedral (Work In Progress)

 Glouster Cathedral Close shot (Work In Progress)

Not too bad for a couple of days work. As I mention in the previous blogs I’m not able to devote myself to these drawings. So I can only spend and hour or two each day.

I’ve had a lot of back tracking to do. Initially I thought “No it can’t be this easy!” I was right, the panels on the ceiling vault were out by a millimetre. It makes a difference to whole image! Therefore I lost a good hours work correcting that. At the moment I’m straightening the windows. For some reason in sketching I started to bulge outwards and that won’t do at all. I’ll fix the windows then move back to the ceiling vault.

I’ve decided these types of cathedrals are as complicated as intricate Celtic knotwork in the way they interconnect. I am though enjoying the process however slow it may be. 🙂

Thank you for staying to the end. I do hope to have (though I can’t promise) a new painting for next weeks blog. That should give me some time too, to make some solid progress on this cathedral.

Until part 4. I wish you all a creative, productive and inspired week to come.

Tikarma. xxxx


10 thoughts on “Just For Fun: Drawing A Cathedral Pt3

  1. Hi Tikarma,

    I hadn’t realised it was quite so long ago since you started this.
    I remember it very clearly.

    I have the greatest admiration for your persistence and determination – not to mention talent 🙂

    This whole process is a reminder to us all that art requires perspiration as well as inspiration – one without the other is not enough!!!

    (David takes note of what David has just said!!!!)

    I look forward to following this drawing on its journey. For however long it takes 🙂

    and K’sOTC 🙂

    1. Hi David,

      Thanks so much for all your support and encrouagement over the years and now. I deeply appreciate it. 🙂
      The admiration is mutual. 🙂

      I knew it had been a while. I too was a little shocked it had been quite that long!

      It does indeed take a lot fo persistance, particularly when you’re self-taught. At least I am able to put my stubbornness to good use. 🙂
      Discipline. I think that is a key catch. It also require discipline to make the time to learn and create. 🙂

      I hope the painting bug catches you as spring comes into full bloom. I’m looking forward to seeing what will inspire you. 🙂

      I am deeply moved that you are prepared to sit thorugh the long process this drawing will be. I’m very honoured to have you along for the ride. 🙂

      and K’sOTC 🙂

  2. Tikarma, it is wonderful to see you keep working at this! It is a huge amount of work and also needs so much concentration, – but I agree: you will gain more skills by doing it!
    As to feeling familiar when you picked the pencil up again, – yes, it’s like bicycle riding. Once you have it, it will stay with you. I had years and years in between learning and getting back into creative work and it came right back to me 🙂
    As to following your progress I chime in with David: For however long it takes 🙂 Bravo for perseverance!

    with Love + (((Big Hug)))
    Mum & Yeva

    1. Hi Mum,

      Thank you so much for your encouragment! I do very much appreciate it.
      You never quite get the full scope of what you’ve taken on until your deep into it going what!! But it is good to have the challenege. 🙂 Growth is always good and exciting too. What will come next!? 🙂

      It is a comfort to know that I have done enough now that if I have to step away I won’t be starting at the beginning again.

      As I said to David I am moved that you are prepared to follow this and I am too, honoured to have you along for the ride.

      With much love
      and (((BIG HUGS)))
      Big Pats for Yeva

  3. Hi Tikarma

    What an adventurous project this looks to be! I wasnt following you back when you began this but I have caught up by looking back at your previous beginings of this.

    I can only say I have great admiration for both your artistic talent and your patience. And I look forward to following your progress.

    However long it takes I am sure it will be worth every minute of hard work and concentration.

    How lovely it will be to see the finished drawing on here 😊

    Lots of love and
    (((Big warm hugs)))

    1. Hi Christine,

      Thank you very much for you encouraging comments. I’m very glad you were able to catch up with the prior blogs.

      I’m a little overwhelmed at all the support, yourself, David and my mother have given me.

      It has turned into quite an adventure. It is certainly a test of patience and concentration. The satisfaction though when you step back and see “I did that!” 🙂 It’s worth all the hard work. 🙂

      It will be an honour to have you along for the ride and indeed lovely to see it finished. 🙂

      with much love to you
      ((((BIG WARM HUGS))))
      BIG Pats for the cats and Jack.

  4. Looking good, not that this is attempt to shoehorn in a link to my blog but Gloucester Cathedral is one of my favorite places to photograph…and there are more than a few images there of the cloisters you are drawing,

    1. Thank you very much! I hope the finished drawing will in some small way live up to the reality.

      And I need to say; Bless you! Your colour photo of the cloister is just what I was looking for. I had no idea from my photo what made the floor. Would I be allowed to use your photo as reference?
      Thank you again. This is the kind of blog plugging I appreciate. 🙂 and thank you for taking the time out to visit my little blog.


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