Drawing and photography are central to my practice. Both make pressing - if sometimes fictitious - claims to the capture of lost moments.



Both are in watercolour, pencil and pencil crayon in Windsor and Newton sketchbook.

Usually I use watercolour as a quick wash rather than in the more traditional way as paint. I've been in the mood to give it a try, but I think I chose quite a hard subject! Anyhow, here are two attempts. I'm not sure why the scans have come out with a pinkish cast: tried to adjust in Photoshop but couldn't except at the expense of the teabags!

Finished this moleskine sketchbook (Moly 3)



Brush markers in Windsor and Newton sketchbook

Pencil and pencil crayons in Moleskine sketchbook

Today (I.'s) had his picc line removed after the twelfth and last 48-hour session of chemo. Fingers crossed.

It's a mess

Pencil, pencil crayon and brush markers in big sketchbook.


More quickies in a book

Brush markers and pencil crayon in old book (L'Anglais Simplifié)

There is nothing in my sketchbooks so far that shows any awareness of the outside world: my drawings are distinctly and purposefully non political. More about that another time perhaps! But it's been a weird old campaign, and we'll be watching all the interesting computer graphics on TV tonight as they start counting the votes. But don't watch this space for commentary!

There's a pile of old books in my studio that I've always known I'd use to scribble on, and yesterday I grabbed one before going into the garden.

Can't resist adding this photo I took today of the same bumble bee:


Five minutes in the garden with a book

Brush markers and pencil crayon in old book (L'Anglais simplifié). 
No, not the savage destruction of old books. Recycling. In a rush today.


British Museum

Pencil and pencil crayon in Moleskine sketchbook.

Pencil, pencil crayon and brush marker in Moleskine sketchbook.

Spent a long time at the exhibition of Italian Renaissance drawings feeling both humbled and exalted. I've included the sort of page that I usually leave out of the blog: lots of notes that I may never look at again, or that may serve as aide memoires if I write something about the show, though I did indulge in the catalogue too.