Staring up at me…!

Some eyes popped out of my journal last night! I love the way that working like this leads to such unexpected delights. I definitely prefer putting down some random acrylic paint and ink first as a starter to work on. Very relaxing & therapeutic for winter nights!

Mindful drawing, doodling, adult colouring… is it art?!

A lot of my posts pose the question – is it art? And this week I have been thinking about my doodling and intuitive art practice. I have always doodled a lot, especially in long meetings and there is evidence that it helps you listen, so I have taken that to be a good thing!Continue reading “Mindful drawing, doodling, adult colouring… is it art?!”

Listen to the silence…..

I have long had an interest in mindfulness and drawing but today was a first when I took part in an online Zoom meditation drawing session guided by artist Katie Solohub. Whilst I have a daily meditation practice, I have not ever tied my art and my meditation together before. However, it makes sense thatContinue reading “Listen to the silence…..”

Does a drawing have to look like somewhere?

This week I have been thinking about drawing – specifically the need to recreate a visual scene accurately or at least semi accurately. For the past few weeks I have been going to the same spot most days and drawing. But nothing I have drawn would be recognisable as the physical place. However for meContinue reading “Does a drawing have to look like somewhere?”

A Mindful moment – sound drawings

I am working on extending my new series based on Forton Lake and developing some more work based on the area. I have been spending a lot of time, mindfully recording what I see, what I hear and what I feel when I walk around the shores of the lake. An interesting exercise to doContinue reading “A Mindful moment – sound drawings”

Fun with my sketchbook

Away from my studio for a few days, so I have broken out a new concertina sketchbook to fill up with sketches. I did this last year for the first time and found it immensely satisfying to record the local area in light fun sketches instead of endless photographs (which to be fair, I stillContinue reading “Fun with my sketchbook”

Hand-drawn map of Gosport

I was just reminded that it was two years ago that I drew this map of Gosport when a new art gallery (Yellow Edge) was opening in the town. There was a perception from visitors from Portsmouth that Gosport was “too far”, so I decided to show them that the gallery was a simple walkContinue reading “Hand-drawn map of Gosport”

Sketchbook work and lots of juicy courses!

I’ve been busy this year, I spent last year messing about and just seeing where I wanted my work to go and whilst I have some firm ideas about what I want to do now, I am not yet happy with my level of skills to get me there. You can never learn enough orContinue reading “Sketchbook work and lots of juicy courses!”