October 24, 2012 § Leave a comment

Playing about with photographs of our marvellous mural. The textures come from some of these abstract photographs. The words are from one of Rumi’s poems.


drawing on the walls

October 22, 2012 § 3 Comments

I’ve just spent a lovely weekend making a sort of mural with Alex of Spitting Feathers (go and have a look at her non-drawing-on-the-walls work; she is full of marvellous ideas). We worked for 13 hours straight, fortified by endless tea and Radiohead’s entire back-catalogue of glorious noises (this song was especially influential).

And yes, painting on the walls definitely feels a bit like this (from xkcd):-

Hope your weekends were similarly enjoyable. x


birthday heart

September 4, 2012 § Leave a comment

Painting birthday cards in between researching SLR photography in preparation for my imminent teaching course.

land kissed by salt…

August 29, 2012 § Leave a comment

I have been on the Isles of Scilly for 10 days, listening to the Rough Island Band, swimming in the sea in various states of sobriety, going for long lazy walks, talking to old friends, and generally having a wonderful time. I knitted a lot, and sketched a bit.

The title of this post, by the way, is from Esta Spalding’s poem August, which I’ve mentioned on here before in this post here. It is beautiful. The whole sequence is here, and I recommend it.

Illustration Friday: space

June 25, 2012 § 10 Comments

The first image that came to mind when I thought about the word “space” and its connotations (I defy anybody to find a pair of bed-sharers that this rule doesn’t apply to!). Other people’s interpretations are available for your perusal here.

On an unrelated note, you can see more drawings (and a picture of me winning a prize) from this Dr Sketchy session on Gina Brookes’ gorgeous blog here. Along with some mouth-watering cakes, examples of her enviable dress-making skills, and some fair isle knitting. Go and have a mooch.


Dr Sketchy’s Anti Art School – watercolours and corsets.

June 18, 2012 § 2 Comments

Dr Sketchy’s anti art school was founded in New York in 2005 by artists A.V. Phibes and Molly Crabapple (check out her gloriously sleazy drawings here), and is described by the website as “the world’s premier alt.drawing movement [where] artists draw glamorous underground performers in an atmosphere of boozy conviviality.” Art schools now operate in over 100 cities, including Nottingham where I went along to Glee Club on Saturday to drink coffee, eat the filthy-gorgeous chocolate brownie, draw burlesque dancers, and try to avoid splashing ink on the cream upholstery. It was a brilliant afternoon – I went through two thirds of a new sketchbook and came out feeling inspired. Here are some bits and bobs:-


If you fancy a dose of tea, cake, and drawing for grown-ups, there is more information here.

Spanish sketchbook

April 17, 2012 § Leave a comment

I have spent the last 2 weeks eating and drawing and swimming and lying in the sun in Southern Spain. It was glorious. Here are doodles…

Things I would especially recommend…

  • Visiting the Alhambra, as much as possible and at all times of day, but especially the Nasrid Palaces at night – I felt as though I had stumbled into a fairy story.
  • Eating churros and chocolate until you can’t stand up.
  • Walking around the Real Monasterio de San Jeronimo in Granada, where nuns have painted the inside of the chapel. All over. In a sort of glorious and slightly terrifying choas – corpulent cherubs and impressionistic pastoral scenes and multicoloured Moorish-inspired patterns and trompe l’oiel monochrome work and simulated marble textures in the style of bad 1980s DIY magazines and actual beautiful ancient marble and carved wood and hideous Catholic statues and beautiful sinuous elegant arches and stained glass windows and a towering eyeful of gold leaf, all crammed in together. Prepare for visual hangover.
  • Being stunned by the caves at Nerja, which are huge and surreal and magic.
  • Eating cane honey in Frigiliana.
  • the Picasso museum in Malaga – joyous.

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