Monthly Archives: July 2011


Fame at last. Earlier this year, in an attempt to justify all the art supplies I was buying and to show husband how serious I was about getting back into art, I joined the UK Coloured Pencil Society. Quite apart … Continue reading

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The first of my reference photos from the recent trip to Skye: a collection of mussels gathered from a beach. Mussels have some fantastic blues and violets on their shells and are just too tempting to draw. I have chosen … Continue reading

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Viva Las Skye

This morning’s work, just for a bit of light relief. I reckon the Skye Tourist Board could use some pzazz. What do you mean you recognise the sign? I drew this out in pencil (Faber-Castell F) on Bristol Board (A3), … Continue reading

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A SalemSkye went to Skye

Yes, she did. The family SalemSkye are just back from our annual pilgrimage to Skye. Also known as Eilean a’ Cheo, the Misty Isle, the Isle of Mist and I am happy to report that the weather was absolutely glorious. … Continue reading

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An Early Portrait

My parents moved house about 3 years ago. They are still unpacking boxes in between arguing about kitchen tiles and my father’s prioritising of the attic conversion. A few weeks ago, during a visit, my mother said that among all … Continue reading

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Graphite with a Literary Twist

I have had these pencils sitting on my bookshelves for a very long time. I think I was given them as present from my sister, I could be wrong and if I have just managed to insult two people at … Continue reading

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