Thursday, June 30, 2011


My new Etching Press has arrived .. I was amazed at how quickly it got here from the USA.  Confirmation of the order was given on 22nd June and the press was ready to be delivered to my door on 27th June. Unfortunately I was out when they tried to deliver it and was unaware that it was to be delivered that day .. so it arrived yesterday.  It was very sturdily packed and arrived in good condition.
There was only one place to put it in this cramped living situation and that was on top of my clothes dryer which sits on the floor in the kitchen/laundry area.  I will have to remove the bed when the press is not in use but that is just a small inconvenience I guess.  Now I must think about getting all the other bits and pieces together before trying it out.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Black and white ..

Back to reality (for this one) lol  .. A few days ago I gessoed some watercolour paper with the intention of doing something in charcoal on it.  When I reached for my charcoal tin .. it was missing :O .. I searched high and low .. eventually as inspiration was leaving me I decided to just use a black pastel pencil for this.  So here it is .. It's a little bit unfinished and will probably remain so ..  It's not a very good photo!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Pastel sketch ..

Another one of my doodlings from last night .. this one turned into a naughty schoolgirl .. lol  That's her school behind her - rather reminiscent of Hogwarts hehe!  Pastel pencil and Conte Crayon on Fabriano Tiziano pastel paper.  6.5cm x 5.5cm

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Pastel again ...

Just another pastel .. a bit scribbly this one.  It's on gessoed board .. approx 12" x 11" I think.  I wanted to see how the pastel would go on the board.  It makes it a bit easier for the framer if they are on board.

Sunday, June 5, 2011


It's been a busy week and a rather horrible wet one as well with rain and wind for several days.  All this served to delay the departure of the two little yellow boats    which eventually left on Thursday.  When I saw the first footage on the blog of the boats being tossed about in the heavy seas I was a bit scared.   Following them on the satellite tracker helps to settle our nerves a bit.
Anyway, after not drawing all week .. I managed to rush this one together last night.  I must say that drawing at night has become a bit difficult for me these days and in the morning I am usually surprised when I see the drawing looking a bit rough and ready.  I usually do a couple of touch ups on it before posting it anywhere.