Wednesday, 27 July 2011


Thought I’d upload a few local sketches.
An amusingly shaped carrot...The soil here is, um, difficult and in Summer is like unto concrete. Deformed carrots, our speciality.
Down by the rio Mondego. 5 minutes walk downhill. Rather more on the way up...
Across the valley from the house. We have about 24 Olive trees. This one needs the suckers removing. But having spent the cooler bit of the morning out there with a scythe, topping the cow parsley, I don’t fancy the 40+ temperature out in the sun..

Friday, 22 July 2011


This weeks word is Perennial. I like the quote it came form: “A good scientist is a person in whom the childhood quality of perennial curiosity lingers on. Once he gets an answer, he has other questions.” ~ Frederick Seitz
Goes for artists as well. A quick doodle then.
My perennial love is the interaction between sea and sky, or any water and sky if the sea isn’t near…as it isn’t.

This one
should have gone in for last weeks word - gesture. Things here were hectic and I didn't get around to it. It's from the same sketchbook  which I bought while living in Prague. Totally unsized paper, almost like blotting paper. Takes a dip pen well, oddly enough. Watercolour is sucked straight in. Challenging and demands spontenaity....

Saturday, 9 July 2011

Illustration Friday - Stay

The brief:
"Life opens up opportunities to you, and you either take them or you stay afraid of taking them." ~ Jim Carrey

Someone, somewhere, hundreds of thousands of years ago overcame their fear of fire, and the world changed forever.

Tuesday, 5 July 2011


This started of as a small doodle…Needless to say, I’m rather fond of Otters. There are Otters in the Rio Mondego, but the only one I’ve seen here so far was crossing the road on the way into town – He made it safely. Tech. note: Dip pen and watercolour.

Saturday, 2 July 2011

Illustration Friday - Remedy

'Orrible childhood memories of that cure all remedy - Cod Liver Oil. I wood have agreed with the quote:"To do nothing is sometimes a good remedy" ~ Hippocrates