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Happy New Year!
Happy New Year! 2013 kicked off with a bang last night - well, lots of little bangs on television, if that counts? I doodled this pic of the London Fireworks behind Big Ben this morning while waiting for the coffee to brew. And what better start to the year could we ask for than glorious sunshine, a continental breakfast and a long walk on the beach… … Then a mosey down by...
The Modern Art Conundrum
This year for Christmas Santa kindly brought me two very exciting books on the history of art: the first, E. H. Gombrich’s epic journey through the entire history of art from the first cave paintings up to Jackson Pollock, The Story of Art - I read a small black and white pocket edition of this from the library last year and it taught me so much, but I can’t wait to read it again in...
Over the last few weeks I have been indulging in lots of Christmas crafting with various friends - from sculpting clay dragons to making cranberry sauce. First up, I made a couple of hand-painted cards for my parents: Then, a Christmas dragon made of clay (okay, so the Christmas part is a slightly tenuous link, but I’m sure it exists): And another addition to the Clay Face Family -...
A glorious autumn walk in Petworth Park
Stage 1: Planning the beast!
With less than a week to go until NaNoWriMo kicks off, I thought it was time I sat down and tried to actually work out what on earth is going to happen in my book. From its humble beginnings as a story about infatuation and unrequited love, it has now become one of the most bizarre storylines I’ve ever heard, complete with hair growing on palms, voices in the walls, a missing child and an...
National Novel Writing Month
In other news… I have decided this year to try to tackle NaNoWriMo. The fact that this abbreviation fits perfectly to the title tune of Yanomamo (you know, the musical about sloths and jaguars and ants in the rainforest) is only one of the benefits I have discovered so far. For anyone who hasn’t heard of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), it’s an initiative held every year in November,...
A Very Lonely Sketch Crawl
So this may not have been the busiest sketch crawl (3 people), the one with the best weather (gale-force winds on the beach by West Pier), the longest (3 hours) or the most productive (only managing three sketches), but I still had a great day. Shelley, my mum and I met in the morning and spent a while sketching what is left of West Pier, and admiring the view. It wasn’t long until the...
World Book Night 2012
Upon collecting my 24 copies of Pride and Prejudice from my local Waterstone’s, I found myself wondering, what have I done? Why have I committed myself to lugging all these heavy books around town in the hopes of finding twenty-four strangers willing to accept a gift from a crazy lady absolutely insistent that there is no catch? As I unpacked the box back at home and set about filling in...
Another Brighton Sketchcrawl
Saturday, Brighton Pier - a handful of sketchcrawlers met to sketch the crazy rides, twisting roller coasters and noisy arcades. My mum and I stopped to sketch the Horror Hotel and Helter Skelter… I was using my new brown-paper sketch book (courtesy of my mum!) which I am loving. This was a quick conte crayon sketch looking back along the promenade while we stopped for coffee and...
tofuteaandwanderlust asked: Deborah Elizabeth, lets hang out soon? I'm moving back to sunny Stoke in a month, and then I will be too far away for regular hangouts and luncheons :(
Natural History Museum sketch day
Firstly, no, I still haven’t worked out how to scan in my pictures so they are straight. They’re perfectly lined up in the scanner yet somehow always come out wonky! So on Saturday me and the lovely Sarah O’Neill had an outing up to London to visit the Natural History Museum. It was our intention to draw everything, but in reality we kind of got distracted by all the super cool...
Brighton Sketchcrawl, January 21st 2012
On Saturday me and my mum took part in our first Sketchcrawl (check it out at www.sketchcrawl.com - this was the 34th international Sketchcrawl!). We weren’t sure what to expect at all, but it was a really fun day with lots of lovely, friendly, like-minded sketchers, and some really beautiful locations that had been organised by the event co-ordinator, Shelley. We turned up a bit late so...