I have just finished my M.A in Children's Book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art and thoroughly enjoyed it. I consider myself an illustrator and I work for a company called 'Creative Minds' who take art and craft sessions to older adults and adults with learning disabilities. The following entries are my drawings and musings. All images are copyright of Kerina Strevens. Please contact me on my website kerinastrevens.co.uk.
It's been a week of hospital visits. Me, to check I'm still fit to have a kidney taken out and Mum's had some checks and tests. That's been about it this week. Had an excursion into Ipswich, tried to help someone that was lost but as I never take any notice of the names of streets, I don't think I was too much help. I just kind of waved them in the general direction. There was quite a storm at about 4am one morning. I was woken by a cat landing on the bed before disappearing under it. The other cat then appeared streaking round the bedroom door and straight under the bed. It was quite bad. Continuous lightening and continuous thunder for about twenty minutes and what sounded like numerous strikes. I fell asleep as it moved away, it was very dramatic though. I sketched Flo yesterday until she noticed me doing it and put her paw over her head.
Two pigeons having a chat. Sounds like it should be a joke but I can't make it work. They wouldn't be chatting like that if our cats were anywhere near them. I'm a bit late posting this week as my brother and his family were here for the weekend, so it was nice to watch films and eat things I shouldn't really. My computer decided to update itself and took about three hours doing it but on the upside I now have Paint 3D on here, which is a nice little thing to play with in a dull moment. I had a very busy week last week but this week is a little less hectic. We've just got hospital visits this week. At least the tennis has finished and isn't dominating everything on tv any more.
A nice busy week. It started with a drive down the A12 to Chelmsford to help a friend paint wooden characters in a woodland setting. It was very enjoyable, except for the drive. I did a few care homes and had another cartoon accepted by 'Private Eye', so not a bad week at all really. The weather has been too hot for our cats and they've been sleeping a lot, just lying about and Flo has been anti social, which isn't like her. There's not a lot on tv as the tennis is on. I don't mind watching tennis occasionally but I'm not obsessive about watching it all and keeping up. I dip in and out when there's not much else interesting on. A bit like I do with golf. Took Mum for a consultation at the hospital and it looks like an operation is required, possibly within the next two months. So an interesting week altogether.
This was a drawing I did for 'The Showing Journal'. I've just completed another drawing for them. The week has been quite steady, the sessions went fairly well. My sister visited this weekend and it's been nice to see her and the weather has been lovely too. I found myself looking at photos of Harry Champion, the Music Hall comic this week. I have a fascination with the history of London and he is part of that rich tapestry. I was also reading about Little Tich, who was born about 1860 and died in the 1920's. He stopped growing at 4"6 and had six fingers on each hand. He used this to his advantage though, devising ways of making the crowds waiting to go into London theatres laugh and generally busking and entertaining them for money. He eventually got his break and made it onto the stage. His stage name, Little Tich, then became part of the language we still use today. The word titchy, meaning small, is derived from him and his stage name. I find this all very interesting for some strange reason. It's odd to think that just as my Granddad's were experiencing their very early years, Little Tich (real name Harry Relph) had become an older man and was coming to the end of his life. I was watching some old film of his routine, it's over 100 years old now. The music halls are nothing but history and only kept alive by the likes of Roy Hudd, who coincidently, I share my birthday and birthplace with. All very interesting. I shall be looking into it more I think.
As the weather seems to be cooling down I thought I would post this doodle of a winter tree. I don't know why I was thinking of winter trees while the weather has been so lovely, but there we are. It's been a quiet week. I went to do a session at a care home in Framlingham and discovered it was just across the road from where I worked a good fifteen years ago. I used to frame photos for a photographer there. There was a pump in the back garden of the building I worked in. Apparently Framlingham was one of the last places to get put onto mains water. It used to be pretty famous for it's castle but now it's more famous for Ed Sheeran. I was always very impressed by a vicar in Framlingham, at the time of the Witchfinder General. Apparently, he stood up to them picking on the weak of his parish and they killed him too, as a witch. He was 80 years old. I always thought he must have been a man very strong in his beliefs and caring of his parish to stand up to such fear mongering and brutality.
These are two recent sketches of our cats again. It's so hot, I can't go out in it. Well, I could but I think I would probably shrivel up. I'm not good in intense sun. My brother thinks I tan from blue to white and I have trouble trying not to dazzle traffic with my super whiteness. While the rest of society goes a lovely golden colour and tans into beautiful shades, I go a brilliant, bright red. That's why I don't bother. I got second degree sun burn when I was twelve and had to have all my blisters treated in hospital. I love the sun and warmth and brightness but it doesn't much seem to like me. I am a shade loving creature. The person who everyone wants to sit next to on public transport, to show off their tan. I didn't tell you my good news from a few weeks ago. I put it on Facebook and then didn't write it up here. I got two cartoons in 'Private Eye', which I was very pleased about. I have a busy week coming up this week.
This is a doodle I did this week. It was something I thought I'd try after seeing similar things elsewhere in sketchbooks. It's quite nice and I may try some other things with it. It's been a strange old week. There's been a general election and massive upsets to the systems and I'm quite happy with it all. My main concern and hope was to get rid of the Tory majority, so I'm feeling very happy. In my opinion all parties should be forced to work with each other for the general good. They should throw away the system and get all of them working together. I was also pleased to see the smugness wiped off the faces of quite a few arrogant Tories too. It was very satisfying. There's lots to be done though and no one can afford to rest on their laurels. Time to all work together and get the show back on the road. I lost the internet for a couple of days after the election but we're up and going again now. I have a very busy week ahead. All good.