My house

IMG_3064A small component of a diagrammatic drawing for an Illustration 1 exercise; “How to find my house”. It all took so long to produce – dozens of little drawings and then editing time in SketchBookPro – that I am wondering why I didn’t choose the easier option of “How to make a cup of tea”? Then again, I expect there could be someone out there struggling with the shape of a teapot wishing they had chosen to make the map….

Woman sleeping

Woman sleeping

She was asleep on the train with a huge box on her lap; every so often her head would gently fall forward and disappear behind the box so all I could see was the top of her head. It was a race against time – would she wake up and catch me drawing or would we get to Reading station before I finished – but the speed and spontaneity made for a better sketch I think. No time to over work it which is my usual failing.

girl texting

IMG_2957Yesterday I visited the Ashmoleum Museum in Oxford to see the Pearlman collection – Cezannes and Modigliani’s out in the open for all to see, at last. A memorable day all round really – a reunion with an old buddy, which was fantastic, and as I finished this little sketch on the train home, the man sitting next to me (and watching over my unknowing shoulder) told me I had a lot of talent! Everybody needs a little boost now and then.

From my window

From my window

This is the view as I sit at my desk – two identical Georgian houses, one spruced, one gently crumbling and fading away. The space on the left is blank to write a message as this was a page from a Sketchbook Circle that I am part of; each member draws in a book and sends it onwards to someone in the circle, who then adds to your book and posts it onwards. Acrylics.

China plant

China plant

Here I am procrastinating (my middle name). Today I am working on a black and white project for my OCA course, but somehow find myself still tinkering with one of last week’s spotty pictures of a polka dot plant. Printed maps are so interesting and have great potential; this is a map of China recycled into another version of Hypoestes phyllostachya. Had to look that one up. Don’t ask me to say it.