Not as much work on this today as I would have liked. Mainly because I spent a beautiful afternoon being treated to a proper English afternoon tea, something that I must confess to never having had before.
We went to the Manor House Hotel in my home town of Alsager, literally just around the corner so it was perfect. The treat had come from one of my closest friends for my birthday, it felt like a bit of an over indulgence but I gave it a try. I am aware that a growing number of places now offer #afternoon tea. There is even a facebook page dedicated to them (I’ve decided to follow them), I noticed a couple treating themselves to one in Marks and Spencer a few weeks back. I must confess to thinking it a bit greedy, who can possibly eat all that food? I struggle to manage one scone with a cup of tea on occasion. So, yesterday I prepared myself, I went for an early morning run and then an hours dog walk. I ate a yoghurt for breakfast and nothing else until 1 0’clock came (does anyone else suffer from a need to sacrifice meals in order to over indulge at other times???
We could not have asked for a more perfect day, lovely and sunny sitting in the courtyard under the shaded umbrella and practically too early for wasps. My friend has a particularly passionate dread of wasps, she would happily abandon a young child in order to flea from the striped menace.
We had a great catch up, put the world to rights, shared ‘who’s teenager is the worst’ conversations, ate and drank until we popped. The trick I think is to try a little bit of the cakes rather than try to eat them all….. any other tips would be appreciated. At the end I could not believe 2 hours had passed and the remaining cakes were wrapped up to take home in a doggy bag (or teenager bag).
So… at the end of the day the progress on my charcoal cat and mouse is up to working my way round the fur detail. Here is a little clip video of working on the fur in a lighter area of the cat.
With charcoal the temptation is to save all the lighter areas to complete in white charcoal but this can be a mistake. Too often the white actually becomes grey – use that to your advantage for areas that need to be grey as you can then blend them quite nicely. Use a sharp eraser to carve out lighter fur detail and save the white charcoal for the very brightest white highlights. More to follow later…..