It is now summer term break from my learning support assistant job at the Northern School of Art- so I have made it a habit to walk over to the Linthorpe Cemetery a few times a week with a chair and some art supplies. I sit for about 45 minutes and do a study with gouache and graphite.
I have found that I can layer the gouache thickly, but the last couple of studies have used thinner applications of paint and more graphite to sketch in the scene and add texture and tone.
Morbid told me to write also and I did that once, but mainly I just like to draw and paint what I am observing. I find being in the nature reserve section of the cemetery very peaceful. I enjoy looking at the trees and listening to the birds.
It is an oasis of green in Middlesbrough and the lungs of the town.
I see people with their dogs, jogging or walking through with their children. The best were groups of primary-aged children being led by staff through the cemetery, learning about the trees, animals and plants that live there. One of the students shouted out at me “Hello random person”, and I waved hello back.
Hopefully I won’t run into the naked man who was spotted the other day (not by me), performing a sexual act on himself, that would give me a fright.