Everything seems to have stopped working in my house! Last night my internet service provider refused to allow connections to Netflix, then the 2nd Xbox controller in a row broke, and then my toilet started leaking…
So whilst waiting for a plumber to arrive I finished a ‘Fabulous Faces’ lesson by Willowing. I mainly used watercolour pencils and a very transparent white acrylic to build up the tones, it was good to use new colours in a portrait.
On my walk into work I took this photo of a very cool dragon, and had a very ‘Neil Gaiman’ ish thought of wondering what it would be like if all the statues in London came alive at night… :)
It has been a delightful morning, I’ve been continuing my health and wellbeing drive with daily walks, this will be my fourth week of walking and eating 5-a-day (mostly) and I’m definitely feeling better for it, my stomach is flatter, my skin clearer and the initial blisters and sore legs have all gone away.
Its been really nice to connect with the city on foot, I cycle commuted to and from stations for 6 years until a year ago when I felt central London roads were too dangerous. I’ve been missing the sense of being in the city, at street level.
Here is today’s photo, I was inspired by spires and the blue sky.
Throwback Thursday! I never post these but thought I would today!
In 2010 I was commissioned by jazz saxophonist Courtney Pine CBE to create an artist video for his band member, violinist Omar Puente.. here it is..
I love this calendar clock, it twinkles at night :)
Update! I’ve done a bit of research into the clock, it is an astronomical clock installed by Bernard Bracken, Chairman of the Times newspaper, in 1955 as the newspaper was printed inside this building. The face in the middle is Winston Churchill. The little round window to the upper right of the face is of unknown function.
The building itself is made out of pink brick as this was the colour of the newspaper at the time.. I think the Financial Times is still pink??
This morning I took a stroll pasts the Royal Courts of Justice, I love that archway :)
And here is a quick graphite pencil sketch of a face that I made last night.
I’ve been trying to capture my morning walks on Instagram. It adds another dimension to walking to work every day and allows me to capture the details of what I see and keep a record of them. So I’m going to start posting them on my blog too.
Hi all, I’ve been arting away this weekend whilst the weather here, on the edge of London has been cold, windy and wet.
I took the time to complete a painting that had been sitting in a ‘prepped’ state for months.
I wanted to practice drawing insects using a lot of line work, I’ve realised that my insects tend to lack antenna and legs.. but hey..
I also used it as an opportunity to try out some new fresco finish chalk acrylic paints. I think I like these so much because they look a bit like gouache, but are permanent. I’ve been mixing them with other paints to create some nice tones.. Here is a selection of my blues..
I also finished a life book lesson by the lovely Tamara Laporte featuring a feather.
During the week I continued to work on my health and well-being, walking for 1.5 hrs per day, and trying to eat 5-a-day… which is a lot harder than it sounds. This week I’m preparing all my lunches in advance to help pack as much juicy goodness into my diet as possible.
Here are some photos taking during my walks through London.
That’s it for now.
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