To be fair, I have actually spotted a few swallows shivering their way around Inverleith Park. I can't help thinking the poor fellows are wondering if they've got their dates wrong!
However, I want to show you this rather superb sketch from Janet Melrose's sketch book, which accompanies her little desk containing lots of enchanting items that demonstrate a lot of the thinking behind her new work. Here is the little desk at which Janet sat many years ago:
It's hard to believe we were ever that wee, isn't it?
And here is that sketch:
Now I've scanned this from Janet's sketch book, so the image doesn't do it justice - which reinforces why it's always best to experience such exquisite drawings first hand. There a nine swallows here (so it is officially summer), but the one that gets me the most is the one at the bottom left. In a few masterful strokes of a pencil, with almost Samurai Sword-like skill, Janet has captured the fast-moving swallow with immediacy, precision and delicacy.
I would also like to show you this gorgeous drawing:
This sketch has been done in biro, which personally I have never believed to be the tool to achieve greatness in drawing. I eat my hat!
What a beautiful drawing: with the 'clumsy', unsympathetic biro Janet has again captured her subject matter with elegance. That little bird's beak is perfectly captured with a few masterful strokes. Just brilliant.
Come back soon for some more drawing action from artist Jenny Matthews.