De-cluttering sketching pens and pencils

Christmas is over and 2019 is almost here, so what better way to bring in the New Year by decluttering my sketching kit! In my quest to find the 'magic' pen or pencil I have acquired so many that I can now open a stationary shop! However, what I have noticed is having so many... Continue Reading →

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Sketching to Breathe

For me, sketching is more than capturing a realistic or pretty picture or something for others to enjoy and comment. It’s a series of moments where so many things unfold. I slow down and I really notice the world in front of me - the shadows, bright spots, colours, shapes, rooftops, the arched windows and alongside... Continue Reading →

Life Drawing

My lovely arty friend has been going to life drawing which she absolutely loves. I honestly never thought life drawing was for me as  seeing another naked body would be erm slightly awkward! Anyway, after seeing her amazing sketches, I decided to put my nervousness to one side and found a local life drawing group.... Continue Reading →

Goodbye Home!

This month has been crazy busy as we are moving home! And at the moment we are surrounded by boxes upon boxes of stuff! A few of these boxes are all my art supplies. I didn't realise the amount of art materials I have gathered over the years - brushes, ink, sketchbooks (most empty!), pencils,... Continue Reading →

Sketching from Photos

I love Urban Sketching because being outside in the environment and capturing scenes in your sketchbook is a sensory heaven. But this also means I have millions of excuses not to sketch such as having the kids around me (they never let me sketch!), not having the time and as this excuse list is never-ending... Continue Reading →

Merry Christmas

I love Christmas and this year our Christmas Tree has been extra special. Over the years, our tree has grown with all the little crafty baubles and decorations made by our lovely children and it feels extra special to see them hanging from our tree. So, I just had to sketch our tree for 2017... Continue Reading →

Sketching in Coffee Shops

This month I've been hiding away from the cold and keeping warm by sketching people in coffee shops. I also attempted a self- portrait in my hat and scarf! I've particularly enjoyed sketching with my new Lamy Joy pen which is the closest fountain pen to a dip pen. The Lamy Joy pen has great... Continue Reading →

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 →

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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