Yoga and Sketching 

I have found a new love in life for yoga. Similar to sketching it takes you away from your mind chatter and makes you focus on what is happening in the moment. I managed to take some time out on my first yoga retreat to sketch a beautiful summer scene near a lake. There were... Continue Reading →

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Sketching People

One of the best places to sketch people are those in a museum as they stay still long enough for you sketch them. I stumbled across an art class taking place at the museum and I was able to sketch them sketching!! It is so fascinating to see how sketcher's look at their subjects and... Continue Reading →

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Sketching from my Window – Crystal Palace Transmitting Station 

It's a view from my bedroom window which goes unnoticed most the day until I take a moment to stop and look out. I always find myself wanting to sketch this view of the Crystal Palace Transmitting Station, the colourful skies in the background and the green trees in the foreground. Whether it's with ink... Continue Reading →

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Quick Sketching 

It's been a busy few weeks. I've been trying to sketch daily, learning at Sketchbook Skool on their Exploring course and reading all about Urban Sketching - and breathe! I came across a habit app which tracks anything you like and for me it was sketching daily.  I managed to sketch for 13 days in... Continue Reading →

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London Urban Sketchers @Alexandra Palace 

It was brilliant to meet at Alexandra Palace with the London Urban Sketchers today. The Ice Rink was a great place to practice gesture sketching with my new dip pen. It was a challenging sketch with all the skaters moving around so fast, it felt like you had 0.00000001 of second to capture them whilst... Continue Reading →

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Gesture and People Sketching

I prefer sketching buildings over people but I was inspired by the challenge to sketch 100 people in one week. I tried to give this challenge a good try and even though I didn't get anywhere near 100 people, I developed an interest for capturing people and gestures. Suddenly, watching people took on a new... Continue Reading →

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Urban Sketching @Barbican

The best part of Urban Sketching is finding a spot to settle down and it always involve tea and cake. This month, we got together at the Barbican which is an interesting place. My first sketch was of an old church which forced me to really work on my perspective and details. For  my second... Continue Reading →

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Urban Sketching @ Tate Modern

This weekend I joined the London Urban Sketchers Group to sketch views of London from the Tate Modern. It was a lovely sunny day but extremely cold. The Urban Sketchers group is an amazing group of talent and there is a huge degree of comfort to see other sketchers around you while you sketch. I... Continue Reading →

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Unfinished Sketch 

I miss out on so many sketching moments every day even though I carry my sketching kit everywhere I go. So far, there was the queue I was standing in, at the soft play centre, on my commute, at the coffee shop, drinking my tea at home, whilst the kids were playing and many more. Upon... Continue Reading →

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Sketching Trainers 

It's often difficult as a busy mum to find time in the day to really connect with my children. I am a mum who gets distracted so easily and then feels guilty for not being present with my children or really being there and connected for them.  So, today we put our trainers on and... Continue Reading →

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It’s only Sandals!

It has been a long time since I last sat down and sketched. I find myself making many excuses because either I haven't thought through exactly what I will sketch or that I am not out on location so what's the point! This time I decided to stop making excuses and I grabbed my tools... Continue Reading →

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Classes and learning 

October has been jammed packed with classes and learning. I just finished a local watercolour class which was amazing and I will blog more about this soon. Being self taught, I spend a lot of time reading books or learning online so it was nice to be in a classroom environment and have a teacher... Continue Reading →

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Carmel Campbell – Sketcher Interview

A great thing about sketching is finding like-minded people around the world who share the same passion. A passion to steal small moments from daily life and take pen to paper to capture the world around you. I am very excited to feature Carmel Campbell's amazing work here, her blog is wonderful and her daily commitment... Continue Reading →

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From the Car

I really enjoy sketching houses from the comfort of my car. For me, good perspective really helps to bring a sketch together but it can slow me down especially when I like to work quickly and loosely as possible. I admire sketchers who can work quickly as well maintain great perspective. Liz Steel, Stephenie Bower... Continue Reading →

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Sketching my Trike 

Anyone born in the 80's may remember these Raleigh trikes - mine is around 30 years old (give or take a few years!) and still going strong. It's such a joy to see my little one pedalling it and whenever I see it I have the urge to grab my kit and sketch it. Finally,... Continue Reading →

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Sketching at London Bridge 

I was waiting for my train and suddenly thought to take some time to sketch my surroundings using my new daily sketching kit. I've only sketched with a friend or with a group in public so I had to overcome my public sketching nerves. At first, I felt slightly awkward and super paranoid that everyone... Continue Reading →

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Watercolour from your Window 

Work, family and dying from the flu have taken up some of my sketching time. It was a rare moment to find some time to use my watercolour and sketch the view from my window. I've tried to experiment with no line and simply build up the view using shapes. I have to admit it... Continue Reading →

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Urban Sketchers London 

This weekend, my friend and I joined the London Urban Sketchers crawl for the first time. In the morning, I was surprised to see how many like minded sketchers attended and it was great to meet everyone. We started by sketching St Pancras and after lunch we sketched the canal near Granary Square. It was fabulous to... Continue Reading →

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Travel Watercolour

It has been a while since I have been using my custom made watercolour travel set and I love it! It's really compact and holds 24 half pans (I need my colours!). I don't see myself changing this set ever. Using the 12 half pan Schmincke set, 12 empty half pans and some blue tak... Continue Reading →

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Cluttered Hallway

Our hallway is full of clutter - coats, shoes, umbrellas,  a big pushchair, letters, random toys, socks and unopened parcels. Even though on most days our hallway is an absolute mess, it's the place where our house becomes a home. It's also the perfect place to capture the clutter madness on paper and when my... Continue Reading →

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Family Break 

After a very long time, we managed to get away from London and enjoy some family time together.  It wasn't the best weekend to pick as it was absolutely freezing with snow and rain. However, I managed to find some time to sketch while the children enjoyed playing - bliss! I am still keeping it... Continue Reading →

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