Adele S Art

Meet the Maker - Adele Shallow

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Is this your full time job?

What do you do?

I make drawings from photographs of the everyday places and buildings I see around me, some of which have beautiful architectural features.

I use fineliner pens and very occasionally a water colour wash.

I find using photographs allows me to look at, and record some of the finer details.

I then have laser prints made from my drawings and all profits from these, and from any commissions I undertake, are donated to Macmillan Cancer Support.

How did you get started?

I have always drawn, ever since I was a little girl.

Working as a teacher didn’t allow much time for it, but when we went on holiday, my sketchbook would come along.

Since voluntary redundancy, quickly followed by early retirement, I have found the time do what I love most.

Sharing my work is new to me, apart from the occasional gift for relatives, and it took a lot of persuasion, but the fact that I can use it to raise funds for a worthy cause, close to my heart makes it worthwhile.

No. This is my favourite pastime, along with walking and baking.

Where do you create?

I had a lovely little garden house/shed erected just before I retired and now have a drawing table in there to work at.

Sometimes I will have music playing and other times just the sound of the garden birds and traffic going by.

Tea or coffee?

Definitely coffee in the morning,  the rest of the day I just see what I feel like!

Where is your favourite local place?

Durham City.  The sight of the Cathedral always tells you your close to home, and a walk by the river in any weather can lift your mood!