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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Ely Riverside UK

Yesterday was soooo hot!
A quick sketch from under a tree along Ely River before heading to Peacocks Tearooms for refreshments.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Green Eyes

Quick sketch!
Paper caved in badly on this spread, the A4 Daler Rowney sent me seems to be holding a little better but this book is terrible, I'm having to skip a few pages to do the next....persisting though!
The paper has most certainly changed in these books...such a shame!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Grief in Red

Going through my art getting some work together for a new venue when I came across this piece.
Don't think I ever posted it here, it's from a few years back.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Friday, August 19, 2016

Parade Lane, Ely, Cambridgeshire UK

On Sunday I took Kinx (my little dog) to Ely for a walk along the river and a cream tea at Peacocks Tearooms
On the way I pulled over to sketch the view down Parade lane. Every time I go I hope to get into the layby which has just the view I want and every time there are cars parked in it.
Sunday I got lucky!
I also made my very first sketch video.
It's really short because I didn't realise I was pointing at the handbrake and not my sketchbook for the first half, so I had to edit a lot out. LOL!
It's odd watching yourself sketch, at least for me anyway. When I sketch I'm kind of tranced out so I found it really interesting to see how my pen moves.
Was really tricky holding my phone AND sketching though....will have to come up with a crafty solution to that one I think.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Eaton Socon Lock-Up

Built in 1827 to hold local miscreants before being taken before the magistrate in Bedford.
This sketch is in a Daler Rowney A4 Ebony sketchbook.
You may remember that I experienced problems with on of the A5 books not reacting to paint the way I've been used to for years. You may also remember that I wasn't happy that the lab never got back to me with my query about a change in paper, as promised.
Well I contacted DR customer service again to let them know the lab let me down and they couldn't apologise enough. They sent me out 2xA4 sketchbooks and a box of designer gouache (I was given a choice of paint)
A few hours later the lab contacted me to apologise also and offered to send me out some books. I informed them that CS had already offered compensation but they insisted they wanted to send an apologetic gesture also. I got a delivery the next day containing 10 sketchbooks; 2xA4, 4XA5 portrait, 4xA5 landscape.
Took a while and a bit of reminding but it appears DR really do care about their customers after all!
The paper still feels different to the touch, it has DEFINITELY changed in my opinion. I've worked with these books for a few years now and I could feel the difference in touch immediately. I am really surprised that the people dealing with the paper at the lab haven't noticed a change, it was so obvious to me.
However, so far this one has held up, it hasn't bled through and it hasn't mottled like tissue paper sucking up the paint ...Yet!
Still...I don't think I'd trust it not to bleed if I worked the reverse side of the paper as I'm used to, so I am going to have to tred carefully with it while I sketch my way through the 12 freebies I now have.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

In The Gym

Took my sketchbook into the gym to sketch my Son training. I asked him to continue as if I wasn't there. He moved so quick!!! I was the other side of the bag, just out of reach...Just!
This was challenging, a little bit scary and turned out to be a great exercise for me too!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Mums Creation

One of my Mums silk floral arrangements

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Benwick, Cambridgeshire UK

Popped the Sunday roast in the oven and drove into the next village for a quick sketch while it cooked