I draw at the livestock auction in Thainstone Mart Amidst Champion Bulls, Prime Cattle and Sheep.The ringmaster overseeing the auction reminded me of a conductor in an orchestra; the Amidst Champion Bulls, Prime Cattle and Sheep and yard boys circling in the ring in front of the farmers meddling and bidding in an amphitheatre. I watch and draw in turn the captive audience with their caps, overalls, boots and weathered faces while being lectured by retired farmers bringing me up to speed with the local proceedings and customs of this fascinating aspect of the agricultural business. One custom is that the seller would give a ‘luck penny’ of a fiver to the buyer of his livestock. This now is a title of one my art works. So apart from the numerous benefits from drawing from life, the advantage of integrating is also to understand the process at work far better, and helps me to focus on what I need to capture to be able to relate better to my audience.
Japanese ink drawings are created during the Annual Spring Show and during a weekly sale.