I have been thrilled to see a shift in the content of TV over the last few weeks. I love TV at the best of times, but to see so much art, crafts and hobbies shown in the schedules has been a real tonic for me. There has never been a better time to get into a creative hobby of some kind (in my opinion). So I thought I’d share some of my thoughts on the programmes I’ve been watching / taking part in.
I was absolutley thrilled to see that BBC4 started re-showing some old ‘Joy of Painting‘ with Bob Ross. I used to love this programme when I was younger and remember it being on around lunchtime I think. It is such a soothing half hour and what’s amazing is that he paints an entire picture in that time too. So, having introduced my husband and daughter to the joy of Bob Ross, I decided we should have a go at producing an artwork alongside the programme. I have now done a few, of varying success and with different media, as yet I haven’t ventured into oil paints, as I don’t have all the necessary equipment and materials available.
Anyway, here are some of my attempts so far.
First we have some oil pastel – a mountain scene with water foreground. It looks a bit prehistoric to me!
Next I tried water-colour pencils for a beach scene. I like the sky although it is more like a pink tornado approaching than some wispy pink tinged clouds.
I thought I’d give my drawings pens a try next and I think the sky turned out quite well here. It is supposed to be waves crashing onto the beach, but I’m not too sure the wave quite worked out.
I used to love drawing with a 2B pencil, so I returned to my A-level 2B pencil for this mountain and hillside with stream. This looks much more realistic when loked at from a distance (or a small copy).
And another go with the B set of pencils which I liked until I got the perspective on the hut completely wrong! Ah well, more practice needed.
I haven’t really drawn anything since leaving Uni back in 1994, so I was quite pleased with how some of these have turned out. And I did only use the thirty minutes of each programme to do them. It’s amazing how relaxing it is to do and I aim to do some more maybe of things in my own garden over the rest of this year.
A few weeks ago now, there was a daily episode of Kirstie Allsopp doing crafts at home using items she has in the house (Keep crafting and carry on). I loved this hour long craft session and spent a lot of it catching up with some of my own works in progress. It was a real shame it only lasted for a couple of weeks as I would love to have a go at several of the projects she showed us. I was particularly impressed with the tin can animals and the letters for her son’s bedroom. But so far, the time has run out on me and I haven’t got around to anything from it yet. I did make some little birds though to put on some gift cards for us to use.
Also adding to my crafty/arty weekday TV is Grayson Perry’s Art Club. Another Channel 4 production and a very different type of crafting. It started with a real feel of everyone taking part being a professional artist, but seems to have begun to include more amateurs in the mix. I am loving the stories about Alan Measles, Grayson’s teddy and how he is being used as a saviour for humanity amidst the pandemic. It’s also interesting to see the processes used in producing a piece of artwork. I was particularly intrigued with the sketching of his wife for her eventual portrait on a plate. This, then followed by his ‘animals’ theme and I am inspired to try to sketch one of the cats – if they ever stay still long enough for me to try or at least take a photo!
I’d love to know of any other programmes I could tune in to, so if you know of any more do let me know.
In the meantime
Stay safe and happy crafting