Getting Nearer.

I did some more work on the “celebrity” portrait I started recently, using my new-ish pastels from the Lake District. I don’t normally work from photos or do celebs, but I need a lot of practice to try out these as they’re much softer than I’m used to. The likeness is getting nearer but notContinue reading “Getting Nearer.”


This is the second of a series of sketches I’m doing from photos I took of the war memorial in Kendal in the Lake District a few months ago. It was a bright day so the statue was silhouetted against the sky, wiping out any details on the statue. I’m using a ballpoint pen intoContinue reading “Silhouette”

Foreshortening And Mark Making

I saw a bronze sculpture of a World War 1 soldier on a memorial in Kendal in the Lake District. He was on a tall plinth and towered above me at an interesting angle, so I took a few photos from different sides and then completely forgot about them until I was browsing today andContinue reading “Foreshortening And Mark Making”

Scribbling On The Common

Husb and I had a few days away last week, cautiously enjoying the relaxation in lockdown rules. We spent some time in the Lake District and I did a bit of scribbling out walking on the glorious Birkrigg Common. I used Daler Rowney Artist’s Pastels onto hand made Khadi paper. I’m facing North West inContinue reading “Scribbling On The Common”

Been On Holiday

Husb and I have been on holiday, visiting relatives in Cumbria, the Lake District. We spent some time in Ulverston, one of our favourite places, almost 750 years old and the birthplace of the comedy actor Stan Laurel. We came across these two, masked up, in an alleyway in Ulverston, close by the town’s LaurelContinue reading “Been On Holiday”

Peace And Pies

Husb and I have had a busy couple of months so we took ourselves off to the Lake District for a few days to stay with some of our favourite people and have a rest. I didn’t do any art at all! We were staying somewhere with very poor Internet and mobile access as wellContinue reading “Peace And Pies”

A Big Box Of Pencils

  I did a bit more work on my next woodcut today, making a tracing from my original drawing to transfer the image onto the wood block. I used a thick charcoal pencil for the tracing because I have to turn the tracing paper over to reverse the image onto the wood. Once the reversedContinue reading “A Big Box Of Pencils”

Cold And Cloudy

Husb and I spent a few days in the Lake District with family last week. I didn’t do much drawing because I was spending quality time with my relatives, but we had a quick walk up on Birkrigg Common and I had a bit of a scribble en plein air. It was bitterly cold andContinue reading “Cold And Cloudy”

Swallows And Amazons

Husb and I spent a few days visiting family in The Lake District last week. We travelled around quite a bit; I was hoping to do a lot of drawing but it was freezing! (I’ve been called a Southern Softie for wimping out). Here’s one of the gorgeous views I would have scribbled if IContinue reading “Swallows And Amazons”


Husb and I spent a few days in The Lake District earlier this week and visited the stupendous Castlerigg stone circle near Keswick. I did a quick scribble, just a few seconds as it was so cold, freezing! I used conté crayons in white, sanguine and black into my A4 spiral bound brown paper sketchbook.Continue reading “BBBRRRRR 2!!!!!”