Inktober

Day 1 Using Midori as my sketchbook. The paper is great for most media and I carry it with me everywhere as it’s my diary – so no excuse not to do at least one drawing a day! Day 2 My favourite field – part trees, part grass, part freshly tilled earth.

Inktober drawing kit

Thought I should give it ago this year….an ink drawing every day for month of October. Interesting challenge to resist the watercolours! So got out my fountain pens, gave them a clean. Then found that my favourite vintage Mont Blanc is broken – the threaded part of the barrel is breaking away – so that…

Olympics

First day of #olympic competition…all a bit boring! So spoldged around with some watercolours in sketchbook.

Flat brush

Messing around with a wide flat brush and splodgy watercolour. Makes painting a bit more abstract. Can’t get bogged down in detail – which for me is perfect. Nectarine and Lime

Jack the Russell

One of our six Jack Russells, and yes he is called Jack….snoozing after a walk on a hot day.

Referendum

Couldn’t stand the tension last night so did some doodling to try and take my mind off it all. Only to wake up to the Out vote….what a miserable day.

Copper lamps

Sitting passing some time at the Senator furniture showroom in London. I’m waiting for the student work to arrive so that we can put their end of year exhibition up. It’s raining outside, and everyone is feeling a little damp. I’m sitting in one of the comfy felt booths, with coffee and sketchbook so thought…

Dogs

Difficult to capture the differences between six Jack Russell mutts….Mona and Smudge

Snail ate my Irises

Went out this morning and these Iris flower heads were lying on the ground. Stems nibbled through by naughty snails (or slugs)! So put them in a glass of water hoping they’ll flower and took the opportunity to draw them. This time in pencil, watercolour, colour pencils and some ink at the end. Really like…

Computers!

He’s frustrated by trying to set up email in an old computer!

Landrover Defender

Otherwise known as the dog bus in our household – transports six naughty mutts very comfortably! Broad nib Rotring Artpen, Mont Blanc waterproof ink cartridges and a couple of brush pens in A5 Seawhite sketchbook. Took about an hour sitting in the cool windy sunshine.

Stand-up pencil case

Such a brilliant idea. A pencil case that stands up and one that’s easy to see what’s inside.

Twingling Twingley

Any of you out there know the work of Jonathan Twingley? I’m in need of new ideas and insights so decided to take an online klass at Sketchbook Skool. Mr Twingley is one of the fakulty and his klass is an absolute hoot – totally liberating – would highly recommend this for anyone feeling stuck…

Lemsip

Struggling with flu. Thankfully a full box of Lemsip is to hand!

Twitter Header

New Year, new Twitter header. Thought I’d make my Twitter header all drawings – some buildings, a man, a bottle. After I put it together I realise there isn’t one watercolour – all done in either colour pencil or brushpens…I think it’s telling me something!  

2016

Not the first sketch of the year, but one I quite like of the man taking it quietly after New Years Eve. Trying out the sketchbook paper in Midori Traveler’s Notebook. Have to say it is absolutely superb for pen, brush pens, colour pencil and watercolour.  Lovely to work on.

Short man

One of the locals in our nearby bar….

Brush pens and people

Had a great afternoon this week with the art group in Cafe de la Gare in Gourville, organised by Lulu Hancock. I go when I can to get a couple of hours of focused drawing time. Our model was Julie the bar owner, who was taking the pose of a Richard Diebenkorn painting. We were…

Colour Pencils

Messing with colour pencils while watching the Rugby World Cup Final. Not convinced about them, but therapeutic to be colouring in! Much less stressful than watercolour but prefer the results of watercolour…..   

Brush pens and colour pencil

This is a quick test of bright colour brush pen as base colour then working colour pencil on top. Really like the vibrancy that comes through especially if I use a complementary colour pencil on top. So a couple of drawings that are sort of trying this out but think I wasn’t brave enough with…

Carbon pen

Poursac Church – platinum carbon pen and brush pens. The church is lovely and has a timber shingle tower.  Trying to finish up my small Fabriano sketchbook.

When England lost to Wales – rugby

This is one very unhappy man! He couldn’t believe that England threw the match away! Lamy Joy pen with brush pens grey, brown, black – in Fabriano Classic Artists Journal (toned Ingres paper)

More mop brush watercolours

Loving the mop brush I bought recently. Makes life very splodgy! No control and loads of water makes for loose painting   

New vibrant colours in watercolour palette

I’ve been getting bored with my usual watercolour palette. Partly due I think to having too many choices in it. So I’ve created another box, from a simple Muji plastic box, with just eight colours – three of which are greens. I’ve never ever used a ready mixed green in a palette but I’m starting…

Drawing people

It’s a challenge for sure, but I keep trying. Experimented with a white pen, pentel brush pen and toned paper to try and find a way of drawing lots of people in the distance! I’m finding the more I try to make them not look like people, the more they sort of look like people!

Kunst + Papier sketchbook

Starting new sketchbook – Kunst + Papier – a gift from my stepdaughter in Berlin. It’s thinner paper than I normally like, so not so good for watercolour, but will just about hold it. Very nice quality paper – natural colour, not bright white with a bit of tooth. So think I’ll use it for…