Friday, 27 October 2017

Paint Party Friday - Halloween is Coming

Halloween is just around the corner. The kids have finished school for the holidays and the weather is becoming more Autumnal by the day. The temperature has taken a noticeable plunge. I had to turn the heating on this morning; the first time for ages. 

I'm still busy with my latest writing project, but I did find the time to do some drawing this week. And for the first time in weeks I opened my watercolour box. I love all the colours of Autumn, so decided to a quick watercolour sketch of a local scene. 

Hope you like it and have a great weekend. 

 Watercolour and ink on Bockingford rough paper. 

This post is linked to Paint Party Friday.


Friday, 20 October 2017

Not Enough Time In The Day

I didn't have a lot of time to concentrate on art this week. I am primarily a writer, and I've been focusing my latest writing project. It's something I've been planning for a while and now that I've started I'm determined to finish it. Creativity takes many forms and as long as I'm doing something creative I'm happy enough. 

I did manage one drawing that I'm quite happy with however, so that's what I'm posting for this week's Paint Party Friday. 

Oh, I nearly forgot. It's an ink drawing so I'm labeling it  #Inktober  #Inktober 2017.

Hope you like it and have a great weekend.  

This post is linked to Paint Party Friday.

Friday, 13 October 2017

Fantasy Floral

#Inktober   #Inktober2017

Paint Party Friday

It's been one heck of a busy week. I've managed to post something almost every day for #Inktober / #Inktober 2017. Up to now I've found the experience very rewarding. I've surprised myself, too. It's amazing how much one can get done in one day if one really focuses on the jobs that need doing. I've another busy day ahead today, so I'm keeping this post short. 

But have a great weekend everyone and happy PPF.  

This post is linked to Paint Party Friday.

Sunday, 8 October 2017


This sketch began life during a father, daughter discussion on the beauty of imperfection. #Inktober #Inktober 2017


Doodle, Doodle Some More - Then Doodle Again

I came across this video while I was doing some research for a new writing project. I've heard it said that 'there are no coincidences,' and considering my re-found passion for ink drawing and doodle-art maybe there aren't. 

 Some great advice and some interesting food for thought. 


Saturday, 7 October 2017


Well, here's my second drawing for the #Inktober 2017 challenge. As I said, I'm not sticking to the list of prompts, but taking part is the important thing and I'm looking forward to trying to draw and post something every day. 


Friday, 6 October 2017

Paint Part Friday - Ink

My 'love-affair' with ink continues. I adore the stuff. I like everything about it. I like the simplicity, I like the contrast of black ink on white paper and I am intrigued by the endless possibilities that ink offers. Even the word 'ink' gets me excited and when I'm not drawing, my head is telling me I should be. Yes, you've guessed it, I'm an ink-addict. 

This takes me back to my schooldays, when I loved drawing with ink. I would sit for hours copying characters from comic books and I couldn't wait for art class to begin. All that ended with the arrival of a new teacher, who did not appreciate my style, which was quite similar to today's zentangle. We clashed a few times and it became so intense that I dropped out of art class. I didn't stop drawing though. I was the kid who drew designs on the other kids denim jackets. It made me quite popular, and earned me a few quid for the weekend, too. But through time, family life, work and other pressures meant I had to stop. That's history now and I don't like to dwell on the past. We can't change what happened yesterday - better to move forward with a new outlook. 

On Monday, I opened a new A5 sketchbook with the idea in mind that I would keep it solely for black and white ink drawings. 

Here's one of them. 

On Wednesday, my daughter asked me if she could borrow my sketchbook to try and copy some of my designs. She went to her room clutching my sketchbook and a handful of pens. When she came back my black and white drawing looked like this. 

Ah, well, so much for my new black and white sketchbook. As I said earlier - it's history.  

Happy PPF, and have a great weekend. 

This post is linked to Paint Party Friday.  

In a late amendment to this post I have decided to add the #Inkotober , #Inktober 2017 to the labels. I have started this challenge late, I probably won't be able to post every day and I might not follow the official #Inktober list of prompts because I have my own very definite ideas about what I like to draw, but that should be OK going by what I've read.  

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Art Journal Journey - Grow

We live in a world were success is displayed so flamboyantly by those who have achieved it, and yet where self-doubt is rife among so many people. Self-doubt has played it's part in my life, too - from struggles with self-imposed perfectionism, to trying to live up to other peoples ideals. I've given up on all that now. I'm too old, or perhaps I'm just a little too wise to be bothered. I will never draw a perfect picture - I see my own errors so clearly, even when others don't. And I will never live up to the ideals of perfection that so many people crave; and you know what - I'm a lot happier for it.   So my message from the soul is to those people struggling with their own self-doubt  and for those doing their best reach their goal and achieve their dreams.

 You'll get there in the end. 

This post is linked to Art Journal Journey.


Sunday, 1 October 2017


I was given a set of these Bic Soft Grip Permanent Markers a few days ago by someone who was having a clear out. I don't use markers that often and thought I might give them to my daughter, but the bright colours drew me in. (Pardon the Pun).

I opened the packet and was immediately impressed by the wide selection of colours - from pale yellows and pinks to bold purples and dark blues. The markers are comfortable to hold and they feel nice in the hand

I quickly drew a flower (yes, I know, another flower. I really can't help myself), and began colouring it in. The ink went on smoothly and there  were no overly streaky lines.  
I was using 170gsm cartridge paper and, as you can see from the image on the right, the ink did bleed through. That's normal with this type of marker, but if I was using them in a colouring book I'd definitely place a piece of card behind  the page I'd be working on. 

I'm no expert when it comes to  markers but I have no qualms recommending anyone to get a set. They are probably not as good as many of the more expensive 'copic' type markers, but for me they work just fine. I'll be holding on to them for a while longer. I'll have to hide them from my daughter though; she just loves markers.

Here's the flower I drew and coloured in. Not too bad for my first attempt using markers since my schooldays. 

I used Petal Pink for the petals, Polynesian Purple for the darker shadow areas and Plumtastic Purple for the little nooks and crannies. For the leaves I used Key Lime and For Ever Green.