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 →

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 →

Learning Perspective

This month I've been fascinated with learning all about perspective, it definitely is a case of when maths meets art! I feel having basic perspective brings a sketch together and helps the sketch to be more visually engaging. There is a beauty in perspective which I only now appreciate because of Stephenie Bower. Stephenie Bower... Continue Reading →

Sketching @ Home

January has been cold, wet and devoid of any sunshine and so taking my sketchbook out just hasn't happened. Instead, I found some time to sketch our 10 year old shoe cabinet. It was one of the first pieces of furniture we brought as a married couple. Today, we are dismantling this and replacing it... 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 →

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 →

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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