24 September 2015

Sixty Minute Mermaid

I wanted to do something for this week's Illustration Friday mermaid theme (it's been ages), but only had an hour - it was a good if slightly panicked challenge.

8 September 2015

Daily Doodles

Over the last few weeks I've been doing a lot of doodling - it's a good way to get unstuck! I'm posting most of them on Instagram, which I'm liking quite a lot at the moment; it feels quite calm and unpressured, unlike a lot of other social media. Doodling makes me feel quite calm too, actually. A good habit to keep up, I reckon.

25 August 2015

Couldrey House

Last weekend marked Wenderholm end-of-winter mini-holiday #3, including the usual chocolate-eating, river-watching and meandering walks. This time we paid a visit to historic Couldrey House, built near the beach in 1857. It's been beautifully restored, and I spent ages looking at the details in things - stitching, lettering, artwork - such loveliness in the making of everyday things.

22 July 2015

Little Things

When in limbo and waiting for important life-changing plans to eventuate (or not!), I'm finding it helps to focus on little things I see around me. An unexpected rainbow in the supermarket carpark, lucky art on a city wall, a winter tree that looks like it's catching fire.

23 June 2015

Making Plans

Head down and hiding out - that's what's been going on around here for the past couple of months! I've been working on a business plan, and the inside of my head looks a lot like this. 

13 May 2015


It's been a while since I drew anything for Illustration Friday, but here's my contribution to this week's theme of 'triangle!' 

6 May 2015

20 Ways to Draw a Cat

I've been doing a lot of non-arty, business-planning, paper-shuffling work recently and feeling a little rusty in the drawing department. Putting my doodle pants on usually does the trick, and what better way to start than with one of my all-time favourite subjects...

Another thing I'm keen on trying is this adventurous little exercise, part of a yearlong series called Creative Unblock. It involves a set of dice and an experiment in discovering a new place. Time to shake things up a bit, I think!

26 April 2015

Autumn Girl

When I was a child and always drawing, my main subject matter was girls, with the occasional horse. They all (the girls, not the horses) had similar names: Japanese Girl, Ballet Girl, Submarine Girl, Circus Girl, Boarding School Girl (I was desperate to go to boarding school, preferably in the Austrian Alps like the girls in the Chalet School books I read day and night). If I had made this picture then, there are no prizes for guessing what her name would have been!