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Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Chatteris, Cambridgeshire UK

A quick sketch from the supermarket car park before heading in to do my weekly grocery shop. I am so pleased I did this BEFORE I went in and not after because when I came out the beautiful shadows had dispersed with the sun and it was tipping down!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016


A late night quickie of some of my little dogs friends

Thursday, September 22, 2016


A recent commission from a sketch I made, which the client also purchased.
Client is very happy.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Tuesday Night Values

The nights are drawing in here in the UK. I drop my Son at a boxing club at 7pm on Tuesdays and usually drive somewhere to sit and sketch until it gets dusk at around 8pm then walk my dog until I collect him again at 8:30pm.
This week, however, it was barely 7:30pm when I finished my pen sketch and realized the light had fled. So I painted what I could see...Values! 

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Ramsey Picnic

On Wednesday I decided to pack a sandwich, a blanket and a couple of doggy treats and seek shelter from the sun under some trees on the green near the duck pond in Ramsey with my little pooch Kinx.
There are so many beautiful buildings in Ramsey but this particular house was smack bang in front of us, so that's what I sketched!
This is in one of my many A4 Daler Rowney Ebony sketchbooks gifted to me by the company themselves. Although the paper is not as I am used to, because the A4 allows me the same spread space on one page as the A5 does on two, I can flip through it filling just one side...which seems to be working.
It's not perfect because I'm carrying a much larger book around but for trips such as these (that involve me driving to a location and simply carrying my bag to a desired spot) it's amicable and will allow me to use up the freebies I've been given

Friday, September 16, 2016

Bar garden

One of the bar/restaurants in Canyamel has a beautiful bar garden.
Sketched from the side of the street.
My final sketch of this trip and my final page in this seawhite sketchbook. It holds many treasured memories from many trips.
You can view the whole thing HERE

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Beach Time

The weather was glorious while we were away...lots of bikinis and swimsuits!

Monday, September 12, 2016

My Buoyant Butt!

Did you miss me?
Had such a fabulous time, caught a great tan, relaxed, ate great food and SWAM!
When I was a kid I jumped into the deep end of the pool while swimming with the school....I almost drowned! I don't know what scared me more; the embarrassment or the HUGE female lifeguard that practically saved me by jumping in herself causing the water to jump out!
Since then, I have always said 'I can't swim' which ensured nobody pushed me in or included me in silly pool side games.
But...I remember a time....a time on the Clacton coastline with my Dad when I was young...I remember him telling my Mum I 'swam like a fish'....that I 'barely moved the water' that I was 'a natural'.
So....pride aside....I went for it and OH MY GOD ...I SWAM! Not only did I swim but boy, I can float, in fact, I have the most buoyant back side in the WORLD! It just won't stay down! LOL!
Equipped with my new found courage and feeling rather 'cocky' I purchased a pair of goggles and snorkelled in the sea. Swimming in the sea was even easier, at one point I was standing, not moving a muscle (except my mouth is always moving! LOL!) and I realised I wasn't touching the ground....just floating...vertically....ME!
On my first snorkelling adventure I was rewarded for my bravery.....I saw an octopus!!! 
Anyway....I did manage to finally finish my sketchbook, as planned. YAY!
Here is a superfast one I whipped up on the beach.