Today, after we made our Necktie Bean-Bag, Snakes, the kids illustrated Chapters 4 and 5 of our book, The Adventures of Sir Lochrann Holmes: A Study in Emerald, using Pointillism, Gel Pen Strokes (or, the kids named it, Picture Pixels), and a few of their own tricks. I showed them an example of “Marker Pointillism” by dotting out a snake of my own. Tobes asked if he could do his Pointillism with Oil Pastels (his fast favourite medium of the week), and I agreed. I also asked them to employ a similar technique with gel pens. With each different colour gel pen, you would use a different small image – a circle, a star, a dash – drawing tens or hundreds of those tiny images to create a portrait of a scene. Bea loved the idea, but Tobes was a little overwhelmed by it, and chose to do more work with the Oil Pastels. Their illustrations follow today’s plot summaries, as usual. Only two chapters to go!!!!
Summary: A Study in Emerald, Chapter Four, What Seann Clancy Had to Tell
Holmes and McUaitson travel by illuminated cab to dingy Lower Exchequer Street to visit Seann Clancy, the constable who discovered the body of the python in the abandoned house in Blarneyston Gardens. During the drive, McUaitson asks Holmes how he came upon the idea that the serpent who had killed the python was of a certain length, had a certain shape and texture of tail, and smoked a certain brand of cigar. Holmes also reveals that the murderer and the victim traveled to the scene in an illuminated with 3 old tires and 1 new. McUaitson is once again awed by Holmes’ reasoning. At Clancy’s flat, Holmes questions the constable about what he saw and heard around the time of the discovery. Clancy brings new evidence to light when he reveals that a drunken serpent was singing and lollygagging about the fence beside the house just after his discovery of the body. Suggesting that the murderer must have attempted to return to the scene of the crime for the tail-ring found near the python’s body, Holmes reprimands Clancy for letting the murder slip right from the grip of his coil.
Summary: A Study in Emerald, Chapter Five, Our Advertisement Brings a Visitor
Holmes slithers off to listen to an afternoon recital below a famous concert hall while McUaitson travels back to the flat to rest. He can’t rest, howeve. He can’t stop recalling the dreadful, evil looking face of the murdered python and wondering about the identity of the python’s murderer and his rationale. When Holmes returns, he shows McUaitson an advertisement in the “Found” section of a newspaper, an ad he says he has placed in all the papers and online. Holmes has purchased a ring that looks remarkably like the one discovered on the crime scene, and he hopes to attract the murderer to their own apartment by promising its return to the serpent who “dropped” it on Wolfe Tone Street.” To their surprise, an old female grass snake appears, an aged serpentina with red-ringed eyes, who begs that the ring be returned to her daughter, the owner, before her son-in-law returns from performing his service for his country. Holmes allows the woman to carry it off and immediately dons disguise, following after her. When Holmes returns to his flat, he reveals that he slid onto the back of the illuminated cab the female took to get home. However, when the cab-snake opened the door to let the serpent out and collect his fare, the old serpentina had vanished. The murderer has an accomplice, Holmes recognizes, and a smart one, too!