Re-enchant the World one Child at a Time

Look at what dead, spiritless plastic junk we give our babies, toddlers and young children to play with. It is shocking how these young, impressionable fingers will hold mostly man-made objects for the first days, weeks, months and years of their lives. That thought worries me as they are from birth disconnected from elemental things – earthy things – mother nature’s feel. How will children … Continue reading Re-enchant the World one Child at a Time

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 … Continue reading Sketching my Jack Russell whilst Watching TV

What’s New in the Studio this Month

LONG HARD WINTER After a long 4 wintry months of recovery from a full hysterectomy and then the disruption of Beast from the East – I am finally emerging from my hibernation and getting a wiggle on artwise. The above blue bottle still life was what I painted for a new watercolour group at Chapel Cottage Studio this week. We used this limited palette of … Continue reading What’s New in the Studio this Month

Simply Sketching – Vegetables From Life

Spent a fruitful (or should that be vegful!) morning this morning sketching vegetables from life in pencil. I have a gorgeous Technalo 3B pencil by Caran d’Ache which is velvety yet delicate and gives a superb and sensitive line. As I am preparing to submit some vegetable artwork to a magazine I wanted to really get to know my way around these vegetables so I … Continue reading Simply Sketching – Vegetables From Life

Recent sketches and doodles

Here are a few contour and blind contour drawings that I’ve done this last few weeks. Blind Contour drawing completely frees me artistically – it is very exciting and a bit anxiety producing but it makes you let go and just draw slowly and sensitively – I love it! Don’t know what Blind and Contour are? Click here to be enlightenend! CONTOUR DRAWING – http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/135191/contour-drawingContinue reading Recent sketches and doodles

Creating a Seasonal Watercolour Wreath

I love wreaths and in fact still have my Christmas one (artificial) hanging on the inside of my kitchen door! I see gorgeous autumn and Spring ones and love the rustic, natural look of them all. When I go onto Pinterest I heart loads of them as they are so appealing to me. With Christmas coming this is a great excuse to get all those … Continue reading Creating a Seasonal Watercolour Wreath

Life Drawing at Garth Olwg – Week 2

This week my friend Tina came to learn to observe and draw too. We got a lovely cappucino from the cafe before going in. Lots of new faces there this week and quite a good number – great to see such interest in this class. Our model was Gwyon – I am not sure if I have spelled his name correctly and I was glad … Continue reading Life Drawing at Garth Olwg – Week 2