September is almost over, and I haven’t managed to enjoy my summer as I’d planned.

Instead I have been waiting for things that took longer than anticipated Continue reading »


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Sometimes I wish I lived next door to a trendy art gallery or a National Trust building to use for inspiration for my drawings.

Some other times I just do what I can with what I have handy. You can draw something unremarkable and give it meaning, make it last. Continue reading »

Quick sketches. Why?

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Some days I sketch quickly. Maybe because I don’t have much time, or because I haven’t drawn for a couple of days and I want to warm up before spending time on a drawing.

I consider those rushed sketches valuable because they train me to notice subjects I may revisit in future. Continue reading »

Framed sketches


When I was doing an art course I showed my sketchbooks to a teacher. He commented on my drawings and asked if I would be able to display them. I said no: I used both sides of the paper. If I detached any page I’d take part of the drawing on the other side.

He seemed sceptical. Continue reading »

Water-soluble graphite pencils

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One of the best feelings in the world for someone who likes to paint is to find out new media.

I loved discovering poster paint, aged 10.

I loved discovering watercolour pencils, many years later.

And a few weeks ago I discovered water-soluble graphite pencils, and I think they are great. Continue reading »

On sharing

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I heard David Shrigley on one of his videos offer advice on how to select works for an exhibition: “show work that you like, so at least one person likes it

Wise words.

These are some sketches (old and new) I did in my bedroom. Continue reading »

Watercolour mongery

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I’m still very far from where I’d like to be and still learning about watercolours.

However, I’ve found some gadgets useful for my experiments, and maybe they can help someone else.

(Feel free to skip this post if you are looking for technical advice: I’m just fumbling my way at the moment)


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Fear of looking foolish


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I’ve always had a difficult relationship with watercolours: I find them tricky. They require planning, lots of time waiting for paint to dry and technical knowledge about the way they’ll behave on different papers. Continue reading »

Bathroom sink

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bathroom sink sketch

I’ve been working on a few experiments with watercolours lately and I was planning to share them soon. However, life’s been busy and they’ll have to wait until I get some more works finished. Continue reading »


Hello again;

I’ve been busy lately but I had some drawings already done.

Sometimes the weather is too cold to be sketching outdoors, or it is too hot, or too late, or I can’t be bothered going out in the rain. Continue reading »