Monthly Archives: January 2013


I wasn’t in tune with my watercolours tonight- just didn’t quite work, but all practice helps. Apart from forgetting my large paper, I’ve been told to give my paintbox a good clean as my colours are too murky, which I … Continue reading

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Seville oranges

A bright and warming aspect of January each year is that this is when Seville oranges are in season. I always make it into marmelade, and spent this morning preparing my annual batch. It felt particularly warming with the snow … Continue reading

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The first of my Saturday attempts at the “Illustration Friday” weekly topic, this time: myth. As everywhere is covered in snow, I wanted to incorporate that. I also only wanted to use 5 minutes. The result is…

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It’s snowy & absolutely freezing at the moment – the windchill is huge & I feel like I’m on top of a mountain in the Alps skiing rather than in Suffolk right now. So my thoughts are turning towards keeping … Continue reading

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No chance to draw with pen or paper today, but I did manage this impression of a lamppost on the Embankment while driving past, so a bit wobbly, but great to be able to do something in the car.

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Just a quick drawing of what’s in front of me today.

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Chilli pattern

I want to try & experiment with patterns this year – something I haven’t really done before. Having spent the last couple of days drawing chillies & peppers, these seemed a good place to start. Hopefully this will be another … Continue reading

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Art class: still life

So I had my first watercolour art class of term tonight. I haven’t done one for a couple of years and am glad I’ve gone back as I’ve forgotten a lot! First we practiced some washes – very helpful as … Continue reading

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Chilly January cooking

We’ve had a weekend of cooking up supplies for the cold nights ahead. First I used up an over-order of bananas by making banana bread. Then we’ve made squash soup & chilli con carne. I had to chop up some … Continue reading

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Cups of tea

I’ve always found cups of tea very artistic. I painted one years ago (2001 looking at the date) I’m always attracted to designs with teacups eg It all came together today as I’m reading 3 cups of tea which mum … Continue reading

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