Sketching my Jack Russell whilst Watching TV

Just lately I have cleared an awful lot of big and scary art business deadlines such as course writing and magazine publishing. Now their looming presence is gone I feel freer and moer relaxed.

The other night as I sat and watched Vera I had the added comfort of my Khadi journal open on my lap, my Jack Russell Tilly by my side and my spiffy new indulgent Palomino Blackwing pencil in my hand. Well – that is a fib actually, I had two of them – both recently sharpened in my super duper electric pencil sharpener – just in case they got blunt as I drew away.

It was fun to simply try to capture brief outlines of the cast as they tried to solve crimes. The added bonus of Vera is that the series is shot in some lovely landscapes. So I knew this would not be where I produced any finished works but I did know that it would allow me to sit comfortably and just observe and draw.

Simply doing this makes me calm.

What do you do whilst watching TV if anything?

PS – Here is the resulting page of TV captures – but as you will see – my attention also slid down to the lovely doggy ears of Tilly as she snored blissfully beside me and my fave thing is that sketch of the back of her head. You can just maout super-imposed on all the other drawings.


Stuff for your artist journey

I can probably help you too so if you need art tuition and inspiration you can either go to my free Youtube channel via the Youtube graphic below

or look at my 2 currently available paying online courses here…

or email me with anything art related –

Finally – I have a whizzy little fortnightly newsletter – if you sign up you get the following benefits:-


  • an instantly downloadable FREE PDF of the latest issue of my indie art magazine called The Pottering Artist.
  • Guaranteed to get your muse on the move! To see back issues click here
  • ALERTS about up-coming online watercolour classes
  • ART tips & insights to facilitate your creative awakening
  • NOTIFICATIONS on my new painting & drawing Youtube tutorials
  • ANIMAL ART print offers – to see my adorable range click here 
  • VIP discount codes for art courses


– sign up today to enjoy all of the above by clicking on the flower girl’s image below.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.