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Holiday sketches

Holiday sketches

Last week I got back from a week and a half in Scotland where I managed to do a bit of sketching. My friend Katie Green (who is a fantastic illustrator/writer/zine-maker) accompanied me for most of the trip. We rented a cottage on Skye and had a week of unexpectedly good weather, walking and lamb/calf/bird-spotting. There was also a lot of shopping for wool, knitting, board games… and Katie even braved the icy sea at one point for a short but valiant swim.

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One of my favourite moments on the trip was a short walk we did at Rubha Phoil forest gardens. The route was punctuated with little signs pointing out things of interest, sitting areas and areas for playing. We came across a series of rope swings and all had a go, including my mum. In another amazing moment a golden eagle swooped low over our cottage garden on the first evening as we were cooking our dinner. We also did an adventurous hike that involved taking a boat into the heart of the imposing Cuillin mountains, then walking around a long loch over rocky and boggy terrain. We then had to make it back in time to catch the last boat out of the mountains or risk having a search-and-rescue operation launched in our honour. There was a twisted ankle and some sinking into mud and some fighting-off of insects, but it was a really stunning hike and well worth the effort!

I would visit the Sleat Peninsula on Skye again in a heartbeat – it’s a really stunning area.

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Cornwall sketches

Cornwall sketches

I recently spent a week in Cornwall and tried to do a sketch every day. I managed to only miss one!               I love the little fishing harbour where I stayed – watching the fishing boats and walking along the coast. The water there is unbelievably green. I love…Continue Reading

National Theatre Christmas card

National Theatre Christmas card

I was delighted recently to find out that I’d won a competition to design a Christmas card for the National Theatre… it’s very exciting to see my card on sale in the bookshop there! My design was inspired by the view of the building from the Waterloo Bridge side…I’ve always liked that the Lyttelton flytower…Continue Reading

Mayan art

Mayan art

I’ve never been a huge fan of visiting art galleries, but I was thinking the other day about a time when I was so interested in a particular kind of art that I couldn’t get enough of visiting museums and libraries to study examples of this work. It was when I was travelling in Mexico…Continue Reading

Newlyn, Cornwall

Newlyn, Cornwall

I’ve just returned from a week’s holiday in Cornwall, so I thought I’d post a few of my sketches and favourite photos from the trip. The village I stayed in was called Newlyn, and although it’s primarily a fishing village it also has a strong artistic legacy with a recognised movement, the ‘Newlyn School,’ named…Continue Reading

Portraits Follow-up Post

Portraits Follow-up Post

In my post about portraits a couple of weeks ago, I said I would post a follow-up with some examples of portraits from my sketchbooks. I kept a sketchbook regularly between the ages of 13 and 17, then after that only sketched occasionally, mainly when I was travelling or on holiday. (My travel sketches can…Continue Reading