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Workers in the workshop … part 1

December 28, 2013

I have taken up drawing again; I began as a child in the 1950s. Living on a houseboat with no TV and limited space; I was encouraged to draw and write; with much regret although fairly gifted this talent was not a long term option. Now, while I sit practicing drawing; house hold items I often think of the hours I spent with my dad making marks and yearned for his approval; and even now his gentle remark would be so welcome.

Coat Hanger Doll's House

He knows I am there.  He steps aside and draws the tilly lamp along the work bench so we can share its beam.  My dad carefully places the plane he is using on the shaft of an oar, on its side so as not to damage the blade.  He takes the pencil from my outstretched hand.  He selects a chisel from the bag by the door, checks the cutting edge and gently sharpens the pencil with the three required strokes- looks at the point and hands it back.  He returns to his work

‘I want to draw, what can I draw?

He clears a space amongst the twirls of shavings and places the cup back on the bench.

‘The cup?’

I position myself on the floor back in the doorway and make careful lines looking back and forth at the cup as an artist might.

Making careful pencil marks, I…

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  1. March 27, 2014 3:25 am

    I would love to use your Mall Mission clue sheet as a template for my deahgtur’s birthday; so cute! I can’t seem to find the generic, downloadable version though. Is there any way you can email to me? Thanks!

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