Wrestling the Octopus

OctosketchsmHere we go again. Every time you think you’ve got all the tentacles covered, another one springs up brandishing something surprising.

Perhaps the tactic is all wrong. Perhaps the Octopus isn’t wrestling after all. Perhaps this is just ordinary Octopus behaviour, an octopus offering. Time to shake hands with the octopus. Repeatedly.

OctoboxsmPS: If you want an octopus to wrestle with too, here are a couple of favourites…

OctoScarrypoulpe colossal 02

Colossal Head

It’s rainy. It’s the school holidays. This week we’ve been sketching a bit in the good ol’ museums of Oxford, and then eating cake.

Giant salamander & aardvark in NHM:

SalamanderSAardvarkSThe great god Sobek in the Asmolean:

Sobek…and a colossal marble head of Apollo.   Colossal headSThe cake in all museums has been very fine.

March of the Giant Insects

Sketching Weakly has been back at the Oxford Natural History Museum, & being a sucker for a nicely turned antenna couldn’t resist this mantis or this earwig:

mantisHere’s a jaunty mosquito. Drawing the larva caused problems.

mosquitoAnd here’s a skeletal reindeer.

reindeerPS: Will the CHEETAH come back some day? I hope it does.

OX NHM 04 LOST16 alive once

 

Sketching Weakly at the Zoo

Sketching Weakly has been at the zoo, often looking at invertibrates, amphibians and reptiles…. insectsS   The cockroaches were looking particularly delicious.

lungfishSSketching Weakly had never seen a snake-necked turtle before – nearest thing ever to a plesiosaur…

caeciliansSAnd another new animal was the mysterious Caecilian.

Tree on the way there:

treeSAnd people on the way back…

peoplesS

Sketching Weakly Al Fresco

Sketching Weakly has been Out & About in Norfolk, often in pubs…al fresco 01Every pub needs its own chickens. (The Hare Arms)

al fresco 02These ladies are painted on the side of that baby elephant.

al fresco 04al fresco 03A bit of a chestnut tree.