Monday, 30 April 2012


Hmmm, not sure this works! When I did my first leaf it started off life as a group of trees blowing in the wind and as the drawing progressed I thought it would better as a leaf. I decided that I would go back to that original idea and see if it would work as trees and fields. Chris reckons it works but I'm not convinced...still...nothing ventured nothing gained and all that!

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Leaf # 3

I decided it might be interesting to combine the two....I think it works.

Saturday, 28 April 2012

Leaf # 2

I seem to be going through a wee phase of drawing leaves! I actually think this one would look nicer with the pattern in the veins rather than in the it would look kinda like a caterpiller had had it for lunch! Hmmm...can you guess what I'm going to try tomorrow?

Friday, 27 April 2012


I decided to have a go at drawing a leaf. I have no idea what plant this might be from but it is what a leaf looks like in my world!

Thursday, 26 April 2012

A Windy Day

The weather here has been pretty bloody awful. I was sitting at Tom's watching the wind blow the leaves on the trees in his garden and I thought 'It's not often I draw a tree with leaves on it'. 
So I thought I would have a go. 

(Although I have to admit that, to me, it kinda looks like a woman wearing a huge headress doing the splits!)

Wednesday, 25 April 2012


Having got that burst of colour out of my system I decided to have a further play about with 'Untitled'. I'm seriously considering adding colour but I'm not really sure how to go about it! *shrugs* it will have to wait till I'm home from London anyway so perhaps I shall be able to figure it out!

(Still can't think of a good title for these so any suggestions would be welcome :-D)

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Monday, 23 April 2012


I decided to expand on yesterdays drawing...this is what I came up with. No idea what the hell to call it...if anyone can think of a good title I am all ears :-)

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Join The Dots

I do get inspired by the oddest things sometimes! I was flicking through this book when I came across an illustration of Lymphatic glands, as you do, and I thought they looked interesting. This drawing is based on the Lymphatic glands of the head and neck.
(No, I don't know what goes on in my head either!)

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Honesty # 2

I was flicking through my sketchbook today and when I got to 'Honesty' I thought 'I wonder if it would have more impact if I coloured it?' so I re-drew it and coloured it in. Actually, I like it both ways...I like the simplicity of the line drawing but I like the impact this one has too :-)

Friday, 20 April 2012

Signal Boost

It took an hour and a half to download three updates for my Mac today *sigh*. If I could have picked up our house, put it on top of a hill and attached a big aerial to the roof I would have!

Thursday, 19 April 2012


I went back and looked at the flower I had drawn for 'Spring' and thought that, since there was so much going on in that drawing, it got a little lost. I thought I would have a go at giving it centre stage.

(In other news, I bought myself a MacBook whilst we were away. I think its beautiful and I know I'm probably going to love it but at the moment I can't make head nor tail of it and I'm finding the whole process extremely frustrating! I need to find a Mac user who can sit down and show me what the hell I'm supposed to be doing!)

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Reaching For The Sun # 2

I enjoyed doing 'Reaching For The Sun' so decided to have a wee play about with the image. I like the simplicity of this one.

(Heading back home today. Have had a fabulous time in Brussels and if you ever visit can highly recommend an Ethiopian restaurant called Kobob (It is just along the road from the statue of the peeing boy). OMG the food was absolutely divine! It arrived in lots of wee dishes which were piled onto a big pancake in the middle of the then ate it using a very light pancake to scoop up the food. We had spicy beef with a crumbly cheese on the side to bring down the spice, a chicken dish, a lamb dish with another cheese mixed with herbs and spices to make it more spicy if you wanted it, beetroot potatoes, a stunning lentil dish and a curried vegetables. Food to die for...I loved every mouthful!)

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

A Burst Of Blooms

Chris is at his conference today so I decided to spend the morning working on a drawing. I'm now planning to head off into the city to spend the afternoon meandering around the Musee d'Art Ancien and the Musee d'Art Moderne :-)

Monday, 16 April 2012

Reaching For The Sun

We had a fabulous day today! We visted Atomium which was created for the 1958 World Fair and represents an iron molecule magnified 165 billion times. It comprises of nine balls connected by escalators and steep stairs and is extremely funky (Yes, there will be drawings based on it once I get home!). We then meandered round Brussels peering into THE most amazing chocolate shops, sampling lots of different beers and attempting to remember not to speak in Thai which is now our default foreign language! Anyway, the sun came out whilst we were walking through a park and I saw some flowers that, from the angle I was at, looked like they were reaching for the sun. Chris had a pre-cionference meeting tonight so I sat down and had a go at drawing the flowers.

Sunday, 15 April 2012


There is something just beautiful about Honesty don't you think?

(I am rather proud of myself. The temptation to just say 'Ahhh bugger it' was rather intense today but I said I would do a drawing a day and I'm going to make sure that I do! So I am currently sitting in a hotel room in Brussels uploading this and now we are going to go out exploring and have a beer or two :-D)

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Prat In A Hat

Urgh, today has been cold, wet and windy! We got up at 7am this morning and did a four mile walk in the rain. I have a hat that I totally love (which looks nothing like this) but every time I put in on Chris makes cheeky comments about me being a 'Prat In A Hat' so when we got back from our walk this morning I thought I would show him what a REAL 'Prat In A Hat' looks like!

(I am so loving doing these...they are totally addictive!)

Friday, 13 April 2012


Told you I was going to do something different today! This technique is called 'Zentangle'. Basically you draw a shape and then fill it in with a pattern. The book I have says that it is an aid to help with relaxation...I would say that it is more the adult version of doodling! It's not a million miles away from what I've been doing for a few years...its just a bit more insense!
(I have to say that I enjoyed every single minute of doing this today!)

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Escalating Tensions # 3

I've really enjoyed doing these...found them quite challenging! Drawing emotions is not the easiest thing to attempt! I have, however, just come across a new...well, new to me anyway...technique which is much more my style so guess what I am going to be trying tomorrow :-)

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Escalating Tensions # 2

I enjoyed doing yesterdays so much I had another go!
(I'm a cheery person by nature so I did have to listen to some angsty music to get
in the mood :-D or should that be :-(( *snigger*)

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Escalating Tensions

I have been doing such intricate drawings for the illustrations that I wanted to try doing something completely different. I pulled out a book called 'Drawing and painting people - A fresh approach' by Emily Ball (It was loaned to me by the lovely Mark a couple of years ago and I thought it was so interesting that I bought a copy). The idea of the first exercise is to create a conversation using six sets of six marks...the marks have to interact with each other (going through, across, behind etc) but have to be completely different from each other (so if your first mark is soft and going in one direction then your next one has to be hard and travelling in a different direction) and the idea is that an argument erupts as the conversation progresses. (The book is brilliant at explaining the point of this exercise and what you should and shouldn't do...I, however, am not.... so your going to just have to go with me on this!!). Here is my attempt at drawing 'escalating tensions'.Align Centre

Monday, 9 April 2012

Seeds Blowing In The Wind

It was very windy today so I thought seeds blowing in the wind was an appropriate image!

(I am pleased to report that I have just e-mailed Helen the last two illustrations)

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Going Underground (BCD)

Yup, still working hard on the illustrations for Helen's book....getting there...
only four more to do :-)

Saturday, 7 April 2012

At The Bar (BCD)

I do like the way the wine rack turned out....even if it doesn't really look like a wine rack :-)

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Woman Reading (BCD)

For the next few days I will be mostly working on illustrations for Helen Kara's Book 'Research and Evaluation for Busy Practitioners: A Time-Saving Guide' which means that I will be doing more than a drawing a day! It may be cheating slightly but I have tried to do a few in advance so that I can keep posting here and give her book the attention it deserves. So with that in mind here is another BCD I did whilst waiting at Paddington Station.

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Man Reading (BCD)

I've just written a six senses post over on Not Only In Thailand about waiting for at train at Paddington Station. I wrote it whilst sitting in the station and then I thought I would try and do some drawings based on what I could see (I also thought it would be quite nice to try and link the two blogs together). This is the man concentrating intensly on what he's reading on his ipad. I have no idea why but to me he looks American!

Waiting For A Train At Paddington

I can see:
The curve of the station roof stretching into the distance
A flickering black and orange board announcing arrivals and departures
An Asian girl talking urgently into her mobile
A man concentrating intensly on what he's reading on his ipad
A young boy snuggling into his Mum
A large clock displaying the time
People eating at Yo! Sushi
Plants moving in the breeze
A sculpture of Paddington Bear
A group of people running to catch a train all trailing large suitcases behind them
The beautiful elegance of a conversation using sign langugage (I try not to stare as its considered rude within the deaf is the equivalent of evesdropping)

I can hear:
The rumble of a train approaching the platform
The screech of feedback on a microphone
The mumble of an announcement which is impossible to make out
That underlying hum which comes from being in a busy public place
A coffee machine grinding and hissing
The click of a pair of heels as a woman scurries pst
The theeeerrrrump theeeerrrump of the wheels on a suitcase hitting the ridges of the floor tiles
The rustle of a newspaper
Ice clicking together as the man next to me slurps his drink
A hushed, urgent sounding, conversation in a language I don't understand
Someone coughing
A couple arguing
The tinkle and clatter of someone dropping cutlery
A tut from somewhere behind me
A child crying

I can feel:
A slight tension in the air as people wait for their trains to be announced
A cold breeze moving the hair on the back of my neck and making me shiver
My and tired after a long day at the office
The weight of the book I am writing in
Heat from the arm of the man sitting next to me who is invading my personal space
My rucksack pushing against my leg as it is jammed in the tiny amount of space available between me and the table
The smoothness of the paper as my hand glides over it
The smooth satin of my coat lining contrasting with the rough wool of the outside as it brushes the top of my hand
A slight cramp in my hand from writing (So used to the computer now!)
Bubbles playing in my mouth as I sip my sparkling water
Time passing slowly as I wait

I can touch:
The embossed front of my notebook as it balances on my forefinger
The ridges of paper already scribbled on under my thumb
The faux leather of the chair that I'm sitting on
The glass of chilled water in front of me
The textured waterproof fabric of my rucksack

I can smell:
The oil and dirt of machines
The stale sweat of the man sitting next to me
Frying food
Liberally applied perfume or aftershave...I'm not sure which
Something sweet and slightly sickly
The aroma of freshly ground coffee
An acrid hint of stale cigarette smoke

I can taste:
A hint of lemon from the slice that is in my water
The slightly bitter aftertaste of coffee

(I did some blind contour drawing after I had written this (including the one here) so pop over to Art Is Autobiographical to see them. They will be appearing over the next couple of days)

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Yo! Sushi Reflections BCD

So I had an hour or so to kill tonight whilst waiting for my train at Paddington Station. I decided to try and do some sketching (I still feel a bit self conscious about drawing in public!) so I got myself a coffee, plonked my bum down on a seat and had a peer about. When I spotted the Yo! Sushi sign reflecting on the glass separating the eating section of the station from the train section of the station I couldn't resist doing a BCD of it.

(When out and about I'm choosing to go with the BCD technique because it reduces my tendency to fixate on getting the drawing 'right'...whatever right may be!)

Monday, 2 April 2012

BCD Vase

This morning we arrived at the train station early (Forgot how light traffic is when there is a school holiday) so I spent an hour sitting in Costa Coffee waiting till I could get on a reasonably priced train. I spotted this vase and just had to have a go at doing a drawing of it. I do like how the pattern goes off into the air.

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Red Flowers # 2

I think this one has turned out much better!

And March's Winner Is....

Congratulations lovely lady :-D.
Please have a look through March's pictures and select the one you would like.

Commiserations to the rest of you but hey...there is always next month!