Summer Sketching – Craster

The beautiful harbour cottages at Craster I have had a few much-needed sketching days around and about my local area despite the unpredictability of our ‘summer’ weather. Craster is always a favourite place to go and even though I have sketched there many...

Studio Notes – Skipping between two places

The weather here swings between biting cold and glorious sunshine and often both at once. We made our way back to Amble last week as we had visiting family and the sun was just incredible. I had less time in the studio but days like this are an inspiration in...

Studio Update – Drawing to paint better

Following on from my last post where I wrote about how important ‘drawing for the sake of it is’ in my practice, I was also thinking last week about how important drawing is as a tool for improving my painting skills. I often think that drawing as seen as...

The Living Studio

I was honoured to be asked a while back to make a contribution to the Living Studio – a free video series on the inspiring creative network by Jeanne Oliver. The whole philosophy of The Living Studio as Jeanne describes it is to have the chance to …...

Sketchbook Sunday

The sun is shining outside although it feels cold in my studio. I am in my painting clothes just pottering away where no-one has to see me – bliss. Here are a few of my sketch-a-day images from this week. So satisfying to be filling another wee book with small...