'I'm always looking for the Hows and the Whys and the Whats,' said Muskrat, 'That is why I speak as I do. You've heard of Muskrat's Much-in-Little, of course?'
'No,' said the child. 'What is it?'
- The Mouse and his Child. Russell Hoban.

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Monday, 6 April 2009

On an old envelope




The other day I opened a book I've had since I was a teenager and out fell three envelopes with drawings on them.  I actually remember doing them and I know I must have been about 14.  They were from life, because I remember looking for another flower to complete the three and all I found was bolted broccoli in the vegetable garden.  They are only about 2 cm (1 inch) high.  I had good eyesight in those days!  Someone gave me an old dip-pen and I turned it over and used the back to get a really fine line.  I remember I had to sharpen my 'Lakeland' coloured pencils to get the tip pointy enough to colour them in.  I loved those pencils, and I still have them.  

8 comments:

  1. Very nice drawings! Your talent was evident from quite early on.

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  2. They are very good, even at 14 your talent ran deep. What a treasure and it must have 'upped' your day to have come across them.

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  3. You still have the drawings ... and the pencils you used to draw them?!

    Some things are really worth hoarding. Even then, you had a good hand.

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  4. Ha! And I see I spelled Broccoli incorrectly first time around. Squeezed in the extra 'c'. I still have trouble with broccoli.

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  5. They're lovely! It intrigues me how much how a child or teenager is, remains true in later life. Sometimes I read things I wrote from the age of about 15 and I'm impressed at how I was then.

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  6. what a lovely find! i often leave small items inside books, and i hope that one day in years to come, i'll find them again and be surprised, delighted and reminded!

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  7. Those are really nice drawings!

    I remember drawing on old scraps of paper, too! In fact, I remember a time when I had no idea that you could actually go into a shop and buy the stuff. I thought everyone just had to wait for their Dad to bring some home, like we did! LOL!

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  8. Emily, Grit and Jay - I agree with each of your comments! What a coincidence. I guess we have a lot in common and that's why we like each other's bloggings. How nice!

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