Friday, October 26, 2007


Had some spare time at the weekend which gave me the chance to sketch my friends' dogs: Higbee (left) and Norman. Norman is a four-month old Border Collie puppy so I had to wait til he nodded off before I could try to draw him. Higbee is a lady of leisure and much easier to sketch.

But she had a snooze too, eventually. I was too slow to draw her paws before she woke up again, though.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Apples in progress

Not finished yet. I started on these about two weeks ago and had ground to a halt. I was thinking that maybe it wasn't going anywhere and was about to abandon ship, but somehow it magically resurrected itself and now I'm quite pleased with it so far.

One of the apples went furry while it was waiting to be painted, but I'll worry about that later. They're from trees in the derelict garden next door.

Saturday, August 18, 2007


Left to right: Italian balsamic vinegar, Greek and Spanish olive oil

Sunday, July 29, 2007


Lately I've been inspired by John Wright's blog, which showcases his considerable talent as a naturalist, photographer and artist.

I went out into the garden to photograph butterflies when I spotted this Privet Hawkmoth hiding on the back fence, out of the wind. I knew it would sit dead still so I got my paints and some paper, and had a go at painting it.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007


Still playing around with watercolours in a rather ham-fisted way.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Washing up

Watercolour #2 - a draining board full of washing-up. Again, not too bad, could have done better.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Let sleeping boyfriends lie

The thought of sketching people scares the living daylights out of me, so I decided to keep things straightforward by drawing my boyfriend as he had a nap. He didn't move too much.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007


My first attempt at using watercolours for many years... Getting started was quite scary, and I think I could have done better, but overall my verdict is 'not too bad'.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Rain coming

everydaymatters challenge #100 - 'Draw or paint a landscape'

I got home from work 15 minutes early today. There was a strange, orangey light as a rain shower approached. For once, I decided to seize the moment and made a ham-fisted attempt to capture the scene.

The fixing spray doesn't seem to have done the pastels much good but it was only a quick sketch so I'm not too bothered.

The landscape is the parkland opposite my house.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007


I think this will have to be challenge #26 - 'Draw anything you like. If you want to draw a vegetable, that's fine, too'.

I drew and painted this in the same style as the keys from last week. It didn't work as well - could have done with being a bit more fluid. The paints and paper let me down, but then they say only a bad workman blames his tools.

Couldn't resist the bright colours of the chillis, which were lying around in the kitchen. I'm finding myself drawn to bright colours. I can't remember painting anything brightly coloured when I was at school; tended to stick to stuff like pine cones, bits of wood and horses.

The chillis came from Zambia.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007


my house keys

Here it is, everydaymatters challenge #37 (click the link to see the full list). Because I only found the group recently I have quite a backlog of challenges to work through. I really like the idea so I'll use it to get my drawing/sketching/painting flowing again.

The keys were quite fun to draw. I used a pencil (because I'm a wimp) and then graphics pen, then acrylic paints. Overall I'm quite pleased with the way it's turned out. I'll try using these media together again.

Thursday, January 18, 2007


Found this while out walking around my local park. It was in pristine condition (apart from being dead), so I picked it up and took it home. A really beautiful bird.


Yet another dead bird - a female Linnet. Had to paint it quite quickly before it started going off...