26 September 2007

Conkers


Continuing with the autumn theme, here is a watercolour sketch of a horse chestnut, or a conker as they are better known in the UK. I haven't seen anyone playing conkers for ages. Do kids still play it? When I was a kid is was a big thing. Everyone had their own method for hardening them!



9 comments:

Jenny said...

You have turned the conker into a thing of beauty. I've heard that playing conkers is now considered a safety hazard. Many fun, dangerous games are disappearing from our culture! Unbelievable! *lol*

Robyn said...

Good job on the chestnut, Dave. You've achieve a lovely brown gloss. Conkers are lovely objects, aren't they.

Anita said...

I believe conkers are now banned from schools Dave and, as the playground is where most of the conker wars took place, I guess it's fast becoming a thing of the past!
Lovely sketch!

gabi campanario said...

i like the depth and volume you gave the chestnut with the watercolors, well done!

caseytoussaint said...

I love your loose watercolor style, Dave - these last paintings are really successful. Thanks for the lesson in British culture, too - I had never heard of conkers before...

Jeanette said...

How lovely Dave! Yes, conkers, I remember my children playing with them. This reminds me to go to the park and see if I can find some. They are wonderful to draw.

Africantapestry said...

I haven't heard the word "conker" for many years...it brings back memories of bruises.
Nice depth you've achieved with the darks.
Ronell

Katherine said...

Aaaah - conkers!

I think they're going to be very big ones this year because of all the rain. They seemed to be growing large very quickly on the trees.

df said...

I love this watercolor study. It's really nice!