Monthly Archives: April 2015

Journal, 13 April 2015

Spring

© Anita Salemink 2015. Tulips, Charcoal Pastel drawing $150

© Anita Salemink 2015. Tulips, Charcoal Pastel drawing 

As an arts teacher I was asked to give a little demonstration of my work to visitors at a hobby fair, last Saturday. I had selected a beautiful flower arrangement made by my colleague, who teaches flower arranging, so that my ‘maybe interested’ students could concentrate on a lovely still-life and explore what they could do with chalk. But people were a little shy to take pastel and charcoal to hand, so finally I started drawing myself, to break the ice so to speak. And I found out I could actually draw on an easel again. Some of you already know I had broken my shoulder last year and therefore was unable to at first even lift my arm up, and later to keep it lifted up. This gave me so much pain that I started to be afraid to even try. But last Saturday, to my great relief, I was able to draw again, and now can safely say that I am back to making bigger drawings along with the tiny ones. So hopefully you will enjoy my quick sketch of spring.

And now back to Childhood Memories…

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Childhood Memories No. 6

Jane

© Anita Salemink 2015. Memories No. 6 Watercolour 12.5 by 12.5 cm

© Anita Salemink 2015. Memories No. 6 Watercolour 12.5 by 12.5 cm

Sandra pointed her out; a skinny girl with a long plait which bounced on her rugsack as she jumped from the gate into the fields. She said that she lived near me, that she knew all the short cuts going home. I usually walked with my sister and Sandra who lived on the same road as me, but much further down the hill, miles away from our bungalow really. Sandra was in the same class as me, but a year older. I was by far the youngest in my class. The reason being that the school head deemed the class I was supposed to be in too full, so I skipped a year and went straight into fourth class which had only about 40 pupils.

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