Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Draw your bed EDM challenge

Our bed is one of those big old ugly pieces of furniture that isn’t to one’s taste, but that is gratefully accepted from a relative because you can’t afford to buy everything new for your home. It has a big wooden headboard and I'm sure has done service as the marriage bed for a few generations – it’s about seventy or eighty years old. The bas relief decoration at the corners of the headboard has always amused me – the symbolism of the fruiting flowering fecundity like some kind of voodoo fetish. Anyway four children later it seems to have done the job!
This is my first drawing with my wonderful new Namiki Falcon pen – a Christmas present from my star of a husband.


Blogger Lin said...


12/28/2005 5:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks a fabulous headboard, and you've captured the carving really well. A nice debut for the new pen.


12/28/2005 8:54 PM  
Blogger Lauralyn said...

I love the intricate detail you have captured of the headboard.

12/29/2005 12:13 AM  
Blogger Linda said...

Julie, what a great bed, and a great drawing! I'm going to have to go look up the Namiki Falcon pen -- don't think I've ever heard of one!

12/29/2005 11:27 AM  
Blogger Kathleen Marie said...

You are so funny! I love your sense of humor. I like the wood relief a lot, and I'm really jealous of your Falcon pen. I just couldn't bring myself to buy a fountain pen this holiday, even though I wanted one desperately--daughter needs a new violin, so that is the top priority. Maybe in March for my birthday. Great sketch Julie!

12/29/2005 1:44 PM  
Blogger Julie Oakley said...

I promise you all, the bed really is ugly - big horribly proportioned featureless expanses of wood apart from the small bits of carving.

I read about the Namiki pen on someone's blog. It's very expensive but I wanted a fountain pen that gave a variable width like a dip pen. I can't be bothered with a dip pen - with my toddler the ink would be everywhere and it's not practical for drawing outside. I'd seen a second hand one on e-bay and let Robin know if he could get one relatively cheaply for me I'd love it. He missed the second hand one but I think he got a new one for a lot less than list price (well I hope he did!) I'm still getting used to the pen - it's not quite as responsive to pressure as I'd hoped but I'm still experimenting.

Linda, Robin read your blog and also got me a couple of dagger watercolour brushes so I've been showered with lovely art presents!

12/29/2005 6:40 PM  
Anonymous rachel said...

Hi Julie

My breadmaker has broken down.

Can I have yours?


12/30/2005 7:53 AM  
Blogger Caroline said...

Oh no and now I want one of those pens too...

Love the fecund metaphor too.

12/30/2005 12:58 PM  
Blogger Julie Oakley said...

Rachel, I've already had one request from Lynn another blogger but the huge size of the damn thing means that it's only financially practical if you can pick it up yourself.
Caroline I recommend lurking on e-bay to try and find a bargain

12/30/2005 4:39 PM  
Blogger Teri C said...

WOW, your detail is astounding! Great job.

12/31/2005 5:27 PM  
Blogger Nita said...

This drawing is fabulous! What a wonderful use of your Falcon. I have one and totally love it, but never produced anything as striking as this! Wow~!

1/01/2006 1:26 AM  

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