Saturday, May 31, 2008

Canal boats in Hemel Hempstead

Tiny little water colour while both Xavier and Robin paddled in separate boats. I can’t quite believe that my five year old son was in a canoe on his own.
6.5" x 4.5 " watercolour

95 per cent Daddy, 5 per cent Daniel Craig

The title of this post was my son Tom’s response when I showed him this picture.
Pencil in sketchbook

Friday, May 30, 2008

Xavier reading Mummy a getting-up story

Xavier snuggled into bed with me and recounted his nightmare of giant head-lice in the garden riding his toy tractor and trying to break down the back door. He said when he grows up he’s going to make a film of his dream so that I know exactly what it was like. After discussing his future career as a combined film director/inventor he then read me a tale of Biff and Chip to help me wake up.
Sepia pen in sketchbook

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Flo taking a Facebook break from revision

Funny old thing blogging. You follow someone’s blog for years and then suddenly they stop. And you have no idea why. Well don’t worry nothing dramatic has happened here. Though if you could see the chaos imposed on us by a bathroom makeover which we reluctantly had to bring forward a few years before we’d actually saved up for it (all to do with unrepairable plumbing problems) then you might think it was pretty amazing that I fought my way past boxes of e-Bay purchased bits of plumbing paraphernalia to bring you this picture of my currently very studious daughter.
Brush-pen in sketch book

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Guest spot video

In the absence of finding time to post my own pictures I’m resorting to borrowing my children’s creations. This is Hugo’s response to a challenge thrown out by the Zoo York skate-boarding team. If he wins, the whole team will be bearing down on this little English village to visit the winner and I’m going to have to feed them. Believe it or not guys, it’s no longer true that English cooking is rubbish, and I promise I’ll put on a great spread if you make my son’s day*.
*Hmmm I hope that doesn’t constitute as bribery.
Video created by Hugo and friends

Friday, May 16, 2008

Colour version

Like a child I can get quite absorbed in simply colouring in an existing line drawing
Watercolour added to existing pen drawing in sketchbook

Thursday, May 15, 2008

The last life drawing of the day


My delightful funny daughter

No the pictures aren’t of Flo, but she displays almost as much bravery as a life model if she thinks it will get a laugh. The other day she cajoled most of the sixth form to turn up at school in fancy dress. They don’t have to wear uniform once they are in their final two years at school and she thought it would spread a bit of delight before their examinations to see their teacher’s faces as they came into classrooms and for no apparent reason were confronted with a motley collection of fancy dress characters. Flo borrowed most of Xavier’s Buzz Lightyear costume, but as the trousers didn’t fit she completed the costume with a borrowed pair of white long-johns and some white wellington boots. She cycles to school and at first thought that she would look less silly wearing the t-shirt, long-john, welly-boot combo and then put on the wings, headgear, gloves etc when she arrived at school. However we convinced her that cycling in half the costume would simply make her look slightly deranged, whereas the complete costume did look as if there was a purpose behind it.
Watercolour on watercolour paper

Monday, May 12, 2008

Ruth in odalisque pose at the paper mill

A gorgeous sunny weekend. I didn’t really feel like going to the life drawing session on Saturday. I think sometimes as a mother I spend so much time doing things for and with my children I feel a bit at a loss doing things on my own.The thought of a few hours of drawing without having to break off to clean something or cook something can be almost intimidating. I am glad though when I make myself do it.
Watercolour and pencil 21 x 13 inches on Winsor and Newton rough watercolour paper

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Knees-up Flo

Flo watching with increasing incredulity the bumbling idiocy of one of the teams on ‘The Apprentice’ who – despite the fact that one of their team claimed to be half Jewish – seemed to think that a chicken blessed by the Muslim butcher would do as a Kosher chicken. It was a truly hilarious catalogue of disasters. Our TV highlight of the week. Some of the highlights can be seen here and here
Brushpen in sketchbook

Monday, May 05, 2008

Swimming sketches

A few seconds to draw each person. Barefoot parents sitting around the pool while their offspring splash away. Xavier is on the right in his very long swimming shorts.
Pen and ink in small sketchbook

Friday, May 02, 2008

Cuckoo pint in the hedge

Another phone camera picture, tweaked so you can see both the foreground and the background

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Look what can be achieved with a camera phone!

Oh I do love my new little phone. I can walk miles and miles listening to radio 3 or 4. I can ring up members of the family if I need to and I can capture images like this one. This photo hasn't been retouched or cropped. Pretty amazing I think.

After the haircut


Spring is in the air, the bluebells are out, the meadowlarks are making their nests, the sun is shining and the notice saying ‘A case of headlice in the class has been reported’ has been hung outside the classroom door. So all in all a good time to let Robin loose with the home barber kit.
Gosh when I had three little ones coming home from school for the nth time with entire headlice civilizations living in their hair there were times I’d have quite happily stuck their heads in the microwave if it was going to solve the problem. Touch wood there’s nothing in Xavier’s hair… yet.

Pencil in sketchbook