Scribbling In The Scotch Mist

I met up with a friend in Clyne Gardens today, where it’s easy to keep a safe distance. It was raining, but not heavily, what my Mam used to call “Scotch Mist” as she sent us out to play in the summer school holidays. We sat on a picnic table near the Touring Tea Room,Continue reading “Scribbling In The Scotch Mist”

Four Chelsea Buns, Two Small Loaves And A Quick Scribble

I went out earlier for my sanctioned exercise and as it was looking like rain and very windy, just strolled to a small public mews garden, probably Victorian. It has quite a formal arrangement of lawns and paths but there’s a tangle of very mature trees around the edge. I did a quick sketch withContinue reading “Four Chelsea Buns, Two Small Loaves And A Quick Scribble”

Then Came The Deluge

  Husb and I went for our daily authorised exercise today and ended up in the lovely Cwmdonkin Park where I stopped to draw this very striking row of trees. I laid down the basic details with willow charcoal into a Khadi sketchbook – then the heaven’s opened and a deluge of Biblical proportions hit!Continue reading “Then Came The Deluge”

Another Faking Friday …. With Sky

Another Faking Friday at lunchtime today with the Cheese and Wine Painting Club over on Facebook. This week we copied a picture by the artist who runs the club, Ed Sumner. He taught us how to paint skies, which is a big deal for me because I hardly ever pick up a paintbrush, not normallyContinue reading “Another Faking Friday …. With Sky”

The Stand Of Trees

Another quick sketch in willow charcoal on Khadi paper caught as we left the allotment this evening. I’m getting used to being very sparing with it now, not doing too much detail. I find it helps to squint to see the blocks of light and dark more clearly. This stand of trees caught my eye,Continue reading “The Stand Of Trees”

Just Five Minutes

If you’ve only got five minutes, draw. Even when you’re so short of time, draw. It only takes a few minutes every day to keep up that regular practice and it all adds up over a year, decade, lifetime. I only had five minutes this evening after we left the allotment with our first summerContinue reading “Just Five Minutes”

The Sausage Fingered Stick Of Doom

For most of my life I haven’t been keen on charcoal, I thought it was a bit clumsy. Husb calls it “the sausage fingered stick of doom”. Maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but it isn’t much good if you want to do fine detail on small paper. My Khadi sketchbook isn’t big soContinue reading “The Sausage Fingered Stick Of Doom”

Kitty Scribbles

Had one of those bitty days today. I carried on carving small lino blocks and as a bit of light relief I had a quick scribble with willow charcoal as Sparta Puss was lazing around. She has a houseful of beds, comfy chairs, cushions as well as a sunny garden bench with a blanket justContinue reading “Kitty Scribbles”

Caravan Jam

After a grey rainy start, the weather turned out warm and sunny so Husb and I went for a walk in the beautiful Clyne gardens. We found this caravan parked on one of the paths, serving drinks and home made cake. Of course, I had to have a scribble, with willow charcoal into my KhadiContinue reading “Caravan Jam”