Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Monday, July 30, 2007
The only bit that stayed still
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Hugo before the haircut!
Robin looks a lot more cheerful than he feels, having discovered that the final day of the Tour de France was not recorded for viewing after a day out. Hugo playing with his long hair in the background. The sea cadets have said it needs cutting so a last chance to fiddle with it. Oh and spot the mistake!
380mm x 195mm pen and ink
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Friday, July 27, 2007
Vest and pants
I’ve been so busy that I’ve only just found time to upload these sketches I made last week at the height of our dreadful weather. I like that colour combination of pale gold wheat and blue-grey rain clouds. I love how nature throws out beautiful combinations that you’d never readily think of using as a colour scheme for your living room.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Monday, July 23, 2007
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Ten seconds and then he moved
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Hugo at the cinema
Friday, July 20, 2007
Another late night drawing. Tom was watching re-runs of ‘Smack the Pony’ – very funny – I didn’t realise how old the programme was. Flo was out at a Harry Potter party – her friend’s mother is a bookseller so they all stayed up ’till midnight to get their copy of the new book.
380mm x 195mm pen and ink
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Self portrait in convex mirror
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Asleep in bed
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Asleep on the settee
Poor little chap, his hair is stuck to his head with sweat after the misery of constantly vomiting into a bowl and he’s fast asleep with exhaustion. But my goodness how quickly he recovered. He woke up at about one o’clock, refreshed and ready to eat a bowl of cheerios.
290mm x 230mm pastel on sennelier paper
Monday, July 16, 2007
Hospital waiting room
I noticed that the furniture was blue and all the pictures on the walls were seascapes. I can just see the interior designer ‘Now here we have our Shades of blue collection – we particularly recommend this range for hospital waiting rooms and airport departure lounges – very good for those of a nervous disposition’.
200mm x 145mm pen and ink in sketchbook
Sunday, July 15, 2007
Tom drawing me
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Friday, July 13, 2007
Xavier with flowers and last day at Busy Bees
Today was Xavier’s last day at Busy Bees morning nursery. I’m not normally sentimental about children moving onto the next stage. My usual heartless reaction is delight that they’ll be spending more hours at school and that I’ll be able to fit the day job into those hours without paying too much for childcare. However I did feel close to tears when I picked him up. The staff have been so wonderful over the past two years – I shall so miss their welcoming faces in the mornings. I was given a lovely book, recording Xavier’s last two years – full of observations about his development and photos of his days at the nursery. I shall treasure it forever.
By the way I’m sorry I haven’t been replying to comments. I’ve been feeling really under the weather for some time and can only just about manage my quick sketch a day. Anyway hopefully I’ll be feeling better soon.
295mm x 210mm pen and ink
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Hugo trying to finish the last Harry Potter book before the next one comes out. And I’ll have you know that courtesy of my dear bibliophile friend Jenny, my kids were reading (and raving about) the first Harry Potter book well before anyone had heard of him.
Robin? – he’s probably buying something big and bulky on e-Bay.
210mm x 250mm
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Monday, July 09, 2007
Bath-time and using photography
This was quickly drawn from life. The toy sailing boat in the background is what Robin uses to teach Xavier the parts of a boat. He can identify rigging, mast, forestay, boom, keel, mainsail, jib, cockpit, bow and stern. Pretty impressive for a four year old, don’t you think?
It is such a a struggle trying to capture a moving subject matter. And sometimes it really is worth taking advantage of the moments that only photography can catch.
To see a more delightful picture of the same subject matter (using photographic reference), look here.
Since the older picture we have had a sparkling new tiled white bathroom installed. Worth every penny – the depression I felt as I entered the mouldy damp carpeted dusty pink bathroom gone forever.
175mm x 190mm pen and ink
Sunday, July 08, 2007
Watching ‘It Happened One Night’
Oh my impatient daughter. She is the most difficult member of the family to draw. She tuts and sighs and moves, and then gets quite cross with me. And I would so love to capture her sweet face before she leaves home. I did one terrible drawing of her first this evening and as this quick second attempt is marginally better, it will have to be the family portrait for today.
210mm x 210mm pencil
Ranks of clouds
A walk up to the bluebell wood with Xavier and a bit of a struggle attempting watercolour as Xavier rocked the pushchair (my painting table) when he became bored of playing with all the toys he’d brought with him. At last we seem to have better weather than the last couple of weeks. The participants in the Tour de France and Wimbledon will be grateful for that.
290mm x 215mm watercolour on Arches HP
Saturday, July 07, 2007
It was after nine o’ clock in the evening and everyone apart from Hugo and Xavier were out. So having done Hugo yesterday, I crept into Xavier’s bedroom, pulled back the curtains and drew him in the fading light. The black lump next to his arm is ‘Matoki’ the monkey, one of his bed-time toys. Have a look at this picture to see what Flo looked like when she was a baby.
290mm x 210mm pencil on Arches HP paper
Friday, July 06, 2007
Thursday, July 05, 2007
Whew what a relief I managed to get my VAT return done using my newly acquired accounts software package. I can’t believe that the manufacturers didn't point out in the documentation that there were patches that needed downloading to fix bleedin’ obvious computational faults in the software.
So after that we took Xavier and a friend to see Little Howard (the children’s show not the rude adult version). A very, very entertaining show, but poor Big Howard (who works with little Howard, an animated character) had major technical problems with the two completely essential computers that are little Howard’s stage. This is obviously a hugely original show but when Big Howard dies I think he’ll have ‘Hatfield’ carved on his heart, because if a thing could go wrong, it went wrong today.
The drawing is Hugo watching ’My name is Earl’.
205mm x 130mm pen and ink
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
Self portrait without glasses
The lovely, talented and wise Katherine of ‘Making a Mark’ suggested I try doing a self portrait without my glasses. I don’t know whether she realised that my prescription is almost -8 in both eyes when she made the suggestion, but this is the result. I did it sitting on my white bed in my white pajamas last thing at night
120mm x 290mm watercolour in lumpy sketchbook
120mm x 290mm watercolour in lumpy sketchbook
View from Jersey Farm
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
Monday, July 02, 2007
Holding on grimly
Ever since a holiday four years ago where he smashed his two front teeth, visiting the dentist is a regular part of Hugo’s life. Despite the fact that we have a lovely dentist, the original trauma makes Hugo a bit apprehensive, though he’s very brave and uncomplaining.
140mm x 190mm sepia pen in back of diary
Sunday, July 01, 2007
Monkey nut feast
Robin and the boys have a passion for monkey nuts. I don’t get it – they’re just peanuts in their natural packaging, but I love watching their delight in breaking open the shells and finding the nuts inside – even if I’m less than delighted by the shards and flakes of nuts over the table and floor.
290mm x 200mm pen and ink in sketchbook