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Friday, March 24, 2017


So I got an IPad for Crimbo and have just recently realised that this means I can now download the Sktchy app!
All good things!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Westminster Attack

This is the book I have decided on to replace the W&N Ebony as my daily journal.
The paper is amazing, more like card, and it does indeed lie flat. It's also affordable and very lightweight. The cover is white but is a shiny kind of plastic you can wipe clean.
 This is the small (approx. A5 size) they also make a larger version.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Drawn to Ink

My Jacksons watercolour sketchbook seems to have turned into a journal full of people. I probably have the 100 people project to thank for that.
I'm not complaining, it's all good practice for my upcoming artist residency that will have a main focus on people.
I do feel that my use of ink is maybe wasting the fact that this is indeed a WATERCOLOUR paper filled book but I feel drawn to ink recently and it is a great medium to use while lounging on the sofa watching TV of an evening...just my sketchbook and a Lamy Safari...Simple!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017


Harry has recently purchased himself a violin. He has already taught himself guitar and a little piano but felt he could do with a some help with the violin just to make sure he started off on the right foot and avoided any bad habits re: posture and position.
A friend of mine just happens to be Head of Music in a local school and kindly offered to pop round for an hour to get him on the right track.
Such a beautiful instrument, I couldn't resist a quick sketch.
Gayna is running to raise money for Children with Cancer. You can help her reach her goal by donating HERE

TV Sketch

This is sketched from this years Portrait Artist of the Year programme.
I simply paused the TV and grabbed a quick sketch of this wonderful woman painting!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Belton House

Belton House is beautiful!
You get fantastic value from Belton in that you are to view more rooms in this house than any other I have visited on the NT. The staff are so friendly and informative and extremely passionate about the house and the history behind it.
The café is reasonably priced and there is even a cart driven by a friendly guy called 'Robin' that will escort you from the car park to the house and pick you up on demand to take you where ever you wish to go. An invaluable service for someone with disabilities.

Wendy and I did the 'Downstairs Tour' which is free and runs 2/3 times a day. It takes you through the basement, the staffs quarters and we saw where they stored wine, beer and food, how it was loaded into the house and was given a brief history of what it would have been like to work at Belton House in days gone by. It was excellent!
We left Belton at around 5pm homeward bound and completely knackered!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Scalford Hall Hotel

Scalford Hall Hotel is a beautiful Edwardian country house with a lot of history.
It is believed that the game Cluedo was based on the original layout of the hunting lodge.
Built in 1908 by Major Mann Thompson (*a friend of Edward VIII)
Colonel Colman (of Colman's mustard) owned the lodge in 1944 until his death in 1969

*Read my notes on the journal page

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Miss B's Tearooms, Melton Mowbray

It's my besties birthday coming up so I booked a hotel for us in Melton Mowbray as a treat!
We took off Saturday morning and headed for the market square to have a walk about and visit a tearoom I'd researched on trip adviser.
Miss B's doesn't have a straight floor or wall anywhere! It's old, full of character and very friendly.
The views through the windows, from where we sat, look out to the church.
There are quite a few stairs as you enter as the tearoom is on a first floor, so if you struggle with stairs be warned there are no elevators.
We chose the 'Quiche Taster' which was a little, individual quiche served with homemade coleslaw and salad trim. It was delicious!!!
A little gem in the heart of Melton Mowbray.