Wednesday, 12 January 2011


Ranger (Do I For Dalkey) sketch
copyright Elizabeth McCrindle
A sketch today from the sketch book to celebrate Ranger's win yesterday at Newcastle. It had started to feel like a long winter with all the abandoned race meetings. But, all that was forgotten yesterday when Ranger (Do It For Dalkey) and Peter had a faultless little jaunt around the course. Skipping gaily over the last and pulling away up the straight with a smile on their faces. A credit and reward to team Russell for all the hard work they've been putting in over the last few weeks of less than perfect conditions.
Ranger is part of the large family portrait that is presently taking up one side of my studio 32 x 58. It is taking a lot longer than I anticipated but all good things are worth the wait. This is just a little tease to keep you going while I continue the slow process.
Today was something of a trying day, firstly there was no water, then when it did come back coughing and spluttering out the tap it was bog water, a dark treacle brown. Early this evening it was reduced to a clouded effect caused by what ever they flush down the pipes to kill the bog water creatures. It now seems to have returned to normal and I'm now left feeling guilty about whining. There are thousands of people in Queensland, Australia whose lives have been heartbreakingly changed by more water than any of us can imagine. My heart truly breaks at the images and stories of their suffering and the unfathomable scale of it all. I pray that respite comes soon for them!


Gail H. Ragsdale said...

Lovely sketch! I hope your water problems have been resolved and don't come back.
I know several people in Queensland. It's a mess and you can't help feeling sad and helpless for them.

Elizabeth McCrindle said...

It's the same old story Gail you don't miss the water till the well runs dry. I hope your friends have missed the worst of this disaster!

Karen M Schmidt said...

Beautiful sketch, Elizabeth ... your teaser is working, I can hardly wait to see the LARGE painting!

It's true we take too many things for granted until they're taken away, even temporarily. We were without water about a week ago due to a broken pipe out on the highway ... we were grateful for the water guys out there working into the freezing night to repair it while we sat in our cozy living room.

We all have so much to be thankful for, don't we?

Elizabeth McCrindle said...

Sometimes we just forget how lucky we are. Does good now and again to be reminded :)