Friday, 19 August 2016

Toucan tea-party

Some drawings from this week.

'Toucan tea-party', A4. pen, card

'Robots meeting', A4, copy paper

'Monkeying around', 12 by 9 ins., sketchbook paper

Nothing too serious this week.

These drawings are influenced by my TV schedule: I like to watch science fiction, such as Star Trek, Andromeda, and Star Gate, which are re-running on UK TV at the moment.  I also like to watch 'Monkey Business' about the ape rescue centre in Dorset, England.

Best wishes for a happy weekend!

Bye for now.....

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Friday, 12 August 2016

A pampered pet

Ink drawing.

'Her pampered pet,' pen and ink, 12 ins. sq., card

I seem to be keen on drawing cats these days.  Here is another cat drawing.  

I have kept cats in the past, although these days I have a dog.  

My cats of the past have included brown tabbies, tuxedos, and ginger tabbies.  Most of them were strays.  One ginger tabby, called Klair, from Edinburgh, was obtained as a companion to my very first kitten, Sylvester.  They were teeny kittens...but they managed to produce 2 litters before I could get them neutered.  I was a student in those days and found out the hard way that cats, like mice, breed very early. 

I kept the first kitten from the litter,  named him Timothy, and he grew up to be a beautiful long haired ginger tabby:- ginger like his mother, long-haired like his father.  That was many many years ago now.... but of course I remember them well and with much love and appreciation of their funny, wonderful, antics.  Good companions.

Bye for now.

Have a lovely weekend.

Friday, 5 August 2016

Flying above the rooftops

Quick whimsical drawing this morning.

'Flying above the rooftops', pen and ink wash, 12 ins square, card

A person with a cat in her arms.  Some skyscrapers in the background.  

I didn't get much done this week except for this ink drawing and an art journal page.

I hope your week was more productive.  I did get a lot of sleep however...

Have a lovely weekend, whatever you do!!

Bye for now.

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Friday, 29 July 2016

the orphaned sloth

Watching a TV programme on a rescued baby sloth yesterday. I did a couple of pen and ink doodles inspired by its plight.

'How's the orphan doing?'

'Creature on her shoulder,'

The programme was about rescuing baby animals.  One rescued animal was a sloth who also had pneumonia and so it was a bit of a battle to try and help him.  He had to have an inhaler, medication for his infection, and the dedicated care of one person, who kept him with her all the time, clinging to her body. 

It was touch and go for a while.  I will have to tune in again today to see if he made it.

Update: the orphaned sloth got the all clear from the vet.  After some time in the sanctuary, the rescue workers hope to release him back into the wild.  They named him, Modoc.

You can volunteer to work in wildlife sanctuaries in Costa Rica:-

wildlife sanctuary

Bye for now.  Have a great weekend.

Thursday, 21 July 2016


Toucan study in pen and wax crayon.

'Toucan', A4, craft paper, pen and wax crayons

A study of a toucan from a reference photo on wetcanvas.  This was for our july project/classical forum projects/...using pen and ink.

Toucans are such bold brightly coloured birds, they are amazing fun to draw and colour.  

I like the toucans which sing on the kids TV programme from the BBC...'In the night garden.'  But I have never seen a toucan IRL...Maybe our local zoo has one so I should check that out.  I know they have cockatoos, cassowaries and kookaburras,  all big colourful birds, so there's a good chance there's a toucan in there somewhere!

Now that I am familiar with its design/ colours, perhaps a toucan will make an appearance in one of my figurative paintings soon.

Bye for now.

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Have a great weekend.

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

People in mixed media painting

This week: a couple more experiments into mixed media painting for me.

'Meerkat interface', 12 ins square, paper

'Flowers for the wedding', 12 ins square, paper

I am keen to develop my technique for mixed media paintings of people and animals.  If I practice, it should hopefully come together at some point.  If not, at least it has been good fun to do.

These two are a mix of water soluble crayons, stencils, stamps, collage papers, and acrylic paints.

Hope you are having a creative week.

Bye for now....

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Friday, 8 July 2016

Russian doll

Possibly more work will be done on this.

'The Russian doll', 12 ins sq., card, mixed media

I really like mixed media work which uses multiple media plus collaged papers.  I like the collaged elements probably because in the past, I loved to make papier-mache objects....essentially glued paper.  

This painting came out rather dark and so I may work on the lights some more.  If I do more I will update the photo.

I was so thrilled with doing the mixed media, I went into town this morning to buy some ribbon scraps and more papers for collage...

Have a great weekend.

Bye for now.