Sunday, 19 June 2016


It's a rather rainy night tonight here in London, I'm hoping that summer will arrive soon.  There has been one nice weekend where I got to picnic in Crystal Palace park which was rather nice.  I live north so being all the way down south I'd never been there.  It's so nice to visit new places even after living here for so many years, and the sunny days have to be grabbed whilst they are here!  Here's one of the dinosaurs from the park.

I've also been to see the Yayoi Kusama exhibition at Victoria Miro.  I had no idea that it would be so busy though, I thought heading there on a friday afternoon would mean a nice quiet look around, but there was a long queue, not quite what i envisaged.  Still I did love the pumpkins.

I've also entered the Playing Arts competition.  I don't normally enter competitions I have to say but I liked the brief for this one and I was pleased to get the ace of spades as my card.  You are issued with a card to create and some great artists have made work for previous packs.  Immediately I knew I wanted to do some sort of decorative tree using the spade shape, I wanted to have an animal in it, and I wanted to ban myself from using green as I use a lot of that colour in my work.

That's all for now.  Have a great week and I aim to be back soon!

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Hello from a lovely sunny London :).  So nice to feel the sunshine.  So there has been a longer break between my last post and this one, my aim is to try to blog more regularly.  Sometimes the weeks rush by busily and the time goes!
So just lately I've been drawing more food which has been fun.  I like eating so it's always a pleasure drawing tasty stuff.
First up are peppers stuffed with couscous, halloumi (one of my favourites), spinach and chickpeas.

Next it's roasted cauliflower with thyme.  Cauliflower used to get a bit of bad rep in the past but it seems to be getting more popular now.  Roasted it's absolutely delicious.  You can roast the whole cauli all chopped up and eat it warm or cold in a salad.  Believe me it's yum!
I used several materials to create this piece which is how I love to work.  I really enjoy mark marking and creating textures and i loved making a pattern with all the ingredients.

That's it for now, I'm off to start scribbling for a new piece of work.  Hopefully in the sunshine!  Have a lovely week :)

Sunday, 17 April 2016


It's been a lovely sunny sunday afternoon here which is nice.  Even though it's still been quite cold, with the days getting longer it does feel like summer is on the way and it's lovely to have daylight for longer.
So I've been drawing cashew nuts this week along with the plant.  I eat them pretty much everyday, they are such a handy, healthy and tasty snack and I go through bags of them.  Luckily I always keep a good stock in the cupboard.
I did several leaf studies for this as well which I was doing on scrap paper but in the end they looked rather nice altogether so I'm posting it here.  There's more work in progress studies on Instagram.  That's all for now, I hope you had a lovely weekend and got some sunshine too! :)

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Hello again,

So it's been a back to normal week busying around.  I also enjoyed some of the sunshine whilst out and about.  I do like spring, starting to see things grow again and seeing the first flowers always gives a bit of a lift I think.
I've been drawing more food related things.  Below is an illustration of my favourite smoothie, Banana, yoghurt and peanut butter.  It is delicious and I do get through a lot of the yoghurt and peanut butter I have to say.  The best thing is to freeze the bananas then you don't need any ice, and adding a splash of milk just thins it a little and gives it a better consistency I think.  Just dollop a bit of it all in whizz it all up and you're good to go! yum!

Above is one of the lovely window boxes I saw whilst out wandering.  I loved the combination of colours and plants.
So, I'm back to a Sunday afternoon of drawing and painting.  Have a good rest of the weekend!

Saturday, 2 April 2016


I realise some time has passed since I last updated this.  Hopefully now I will be able to post more regularly.  So I've been doing a lot of coffee themed illustrations just lately.  I am certainly no connoisseur but I do like a cup and I enjoyed playing around with a few ideas.  I was hoping to put this up last weekend but unfortunately I got ill which is what often happens just when you get a bit of a break :( so that held work up a little.  I'm almost back to my old self again, it did take it out of me a bit.  Still it did mean spending a few days resting and watching movies which is something I rarely do, (I got a bit addicted to the Margaret Rutherford Miss Marples as you do, I do love those old films).
So without further ado here's a selection of the coffee ideas.  I'm working on some more foodie things so I will post those soon.
Have a good rest of the weekend!

Saturday, 9 January 2016

Hello and Happy New Year!  Well the first week is pretty much done.  It's been a good one I have to say pretty busy but lots of fun.
So I had a little break from my regular life over Christmas and whilst at home I got some time to get the sketchbook out.  I was quite excited about this as this is something i rarely get time to do. Most evenings are taken up and so sitting in front of the telly doodling is something i don't do very often.  This was my opportunity.  It was pretty freeing to just draw away doing whatever i decided to do at the time,  and I ended up creating lots of patterns.  I only had limited supplies with me so that restricted what I could do also.  I have to say i thoroughly enjoyed it.  Hopefully I'll be able to carry on this way of working.  I do use sketchbooks but they are always more for ideas and thumbnails than anything else, pretty messy.  Having a bit of time gave me the luxury of creating a potential pretty page :).  Here are some of my favourites.

The last one I did whilst watching The great Gatsby.  I'd never seen it and I loved the party scenes!
Have a good week! :)

Wednesday, 30 December 2015


So Christmas is all done really, it goes by so fast!  All the build up and then gone.  I hope you enjoyed yours, mine was lovely, spent with family and it was nice to relax for a bit and have a change from regular life.  There was also a lot of eating going on hmmm ;)……..still back to normalish now, and it's time to look forward to the New Year ahead which hopefully will be a good one for all!
I thought I'd post some of the last of my Instagram images from the Advent project.  I had a lot of fun doing it and it felt a bit strange once it was all done.  I may well do something similar again in the future.

The above image was my Christmas card for this year and below is all the work from the project.

So all that's left to say is have a very Happy New Year!  Whatever your plans I hope you enjoy and have a fantastic start to 2016! x