Sunday, 30 August 2009

The Chickens have arrived

There are 4 of them, Rangers I think. One blonde one and three with lovely red/brown feathers. I don't know their names yet.
They are lovely to draw, a series of fairly long poses and they return to the same pose again if you wait. These preliminary sketches don't do them justice.
Very calming to sit with them and watch them dig, hop back and snack on their findings, clucking softly as they go.

Saturday, 29 August 2009


We camped at the site that I camped with my parents years ago. I think it's still run by the same family. Just a field with toilets, showers and a beautiful view. This is one of my favourite places on earth.

I dragged the kids to Strangles beach which I remember fondly from my childhood. Maybe it was because the tide was in or the weather was grey but it wasn't as special as I recalled. Never mind, we walked there along the cliffs and back along the valley beside a stream which was lovely.

Lands End is quite a drive away but as we went to John O Groats last year we felt we had to complete the journey. John O Groats to Lands End in one year.... There are some fabulous cliffs and some people preparing to drop off them at the top.

We visited the Cobweb Inn in Boscastle for its fine atmosphere & ales (and it's pool table) Lisa drew me, drawing her,drawing me...

The ceiling is a mass of old bottles

Saturday, 8 August 2009

I'm really excited about this drawing not because it's anything special but because I sat in the cafe and drew it with people there. It's a nice little cafe on Holywell Hill in St Albans which does a very fine coffee & pastry & has quite a trade on a Saturday morning. At times there was quite a queue and nobody bothered me sketching at my wobbly table.

Sunday, 2 August 2009

Ah the art society exhibition is over and I've brought my pictures home again. Does anyone want to buy a moosehead? one careful owner....