Log Cabin Lovers Look Away Now

If you are a romantic fool like me and think that living off-grid in a secluded cabin is for you then this is going to rock your socks. Read this fabulously frank and insightful article about doing just that – locating a lonely forested spot, building your timber abode and living there for a year. Click this link to read this warts and all account … Continue reading Log Cabin Lovers Look Away Now

Painting Goats in Watercolour

THOSE EYES! They have those strange hypnotic eyes – don’t they? – goats? Their pupils are a distinctive horizontal ellipse and added to their cloven hooves and raffish beards they are very paintable. As some subscribers will have read I visited a local small holding last month and actually smoothed and petted a goat for the first time in my life. She was a petite … Continue reading Painting Goats in Watercolour

All Holed Up with No Place to Go – Watercolour of a Log Cabin – in Stages

For the last 3 days I have been RIVETTED by the book I am reading. It is called The Call of the Wild: My Escape to Alaska  but it is not the one by Jack London. Instead it is written by a modern-day mountainman called Guy Grieve who like many people felt the pull of the wild and upped sticks from an office job in … Continue reading All Holed Up with No Place to Go – Watercolour of a Log Cabin – in Stages

Sketching a young male deer

I have been asked to paint a young stag and it’s with delight that I begin. Just before Christmas I bought The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey and it cast a spell over me for the whole week during which I sat snuggled up reading it. Why? because it is set in times past in frontier Alaska where snow, log cabins and basic living are the … Continue reading Sketching a young male deer