Skating, friends and a doodlesome evening

First Tuesday of the month meeting, for the first time in a while (it doesn’t run in school holidays, and got caught out in September by inset days). Small declined on the grounds that none of his specific friends were going today, so I was able to offer a lift to one of Smallest’s friends, […]

Drawing exercises – blind contour drawing

Tonight I’m working from Draw People in 15 Minutes. (Amazon affiliate link, although I got it from the Works – there’s a banner ad in the sidebar/footer if you want to explore.) I’m using a 2B pencil and a Cass Art sketchbook, and the exercise is blind contour drawing. The idea is that you draw […]

Art inspiration at The Works

This post contains affiliate links. New code today 18th September: TREAT20 up to 20% off orders over £10! I love The Works for educational resources for me and the kids. I buy Big’s refill pads here – my tip is to go for a pack of 6 for £4.99. I also buy the 30 page […]

Watching paint dry. 

Playing with my paints again.  I’ve deleted twitter from my phone and am trying to wean myself off Facebook. I’m enjoying instagram, although I find the algorithm frustrating.  Hopefully all this will mean less stress and more creativity. I miss the community though, and I don’t know what to do about that. There used to […]

BeInspired – my watercolour challenge with Cass Art.

A little while before Christmas, I received a very exciting parcel. The very lovely people at Cass Art had invited me to be part of their BeInspired art challenge, and to help me get started, sent me a parcel of watercolour stuff to explore. And what stuff. Anyone who follows me on instagram (and if […]


I’ve a little moleskine book I’ve been drawing in for some time now. It’s easy to look back and see how much I’ve improved.  Noses are still difficult, but I’m getting proportions of faces better I think. There’s starting to be expression in the eyes – or am I looking at it too hard?  If […]

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