Saturday, 26 July 2014

The shoe box project

I bet we have all bought that new pair of shoes and ended up leaving the shop with the shoe box too!...okay, some of us may love the box as much as the new shoes,  I do.     It means that I can hold on to it as a storage item OR a Gift box (when I have re-invented it, as I did with one recently).

This was your standard shoe box, which I covered liberally with acrylic paint....I had fun with this just sploshing it on...

all around...

It was only when I had taken the photos that I noticed the tablecloth beneath has a similar pattern on it!....

I added extra white swirls to the lid...

in the end it turned a plain old shoe box into a decorative
gift box

Monday, 21 July 2014

A La Ronde

Another National Trust property visit, this time the smallest property so far.  The 16 sided A la Ronde

With views across the estuary towards Exmouth

This separate building houses a small room which was the laundry....

I think I prefer my washing machine!

And a sketch of the house during our visit....which I coloured later

Saturday, 19 July 2014

More Jellyfish on the beach........

......I've done a Collage of them, including the previous pictures I showed you.  What an assortment we have seen recently.


we have seen the Barrel Jellyfish

they can be the size of a dustbin lid, but this one was slightly smaller.
They are, apparently, the basking shark of the jellyfish world, the
gentle giant...(although a slight sting can be given it wouldn't cause serious harm).

here with the tennis ball to give you some idea of the size...

....and flipped over this is the other side

Tuesday, 15 July 2014


Lots of jellyfish on the beach today

varying in sizes from about 3" to 8"
(in foreign that's about 0.076m to 0.20m -thanks to metric
which means absolutely nothing to me..
i'm an old fashioned inches sort of girl, lol)

(about 3") ↑

(the one on the left was about 5") ↑

and the next one nearly 8"

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Sketchbook Skool

So pleased I joined Sketchbook Skool
even though I am being taken out of my comfort zone!

We are now drawing faces - ourselves - me - Yikes! Shocker

I am not a portrait person
no way

but the challenge is worth it
(and oh is it a challenge!!)

(the exercise in class is to
look at myself in a mirror or take a snapshot,
then do a sketch -
and where did the turkey neck come from!!!)  lol.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

I've taken the plunge

No, I'm not swimming!   I've decided to sign up and join in the new Semester of Sketchbook Skool

first assignment
looking at Toast 

very closely

The next assignment is to draw quickly and then in slow detail
- really makes you think this one -

first the quick splash of paint

 then the Slow part - the detail

(this took me out of my comfort zone, but that's
what these lessons are all about)


I'm looking forward to more lessons

If you haven't joined Sketchbook Skool, then give 
it a go....well worth it.

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Sketches from our recent trip.

Sketching is a big part of trips away 
for me.

Yes, photographs are great too, but the drawings always 'put me back there' far more
than any photograph can.

With that said, here are a few from our recent trip to Wales...