17 January

Olga from Bournemouth and Poole urban sketchers posted this photo of Bournemouth town centre for us to sketch this weekend. I got a bit lost with the details in the half timbered house and the church spire but it was fun to do. Thank you Olga.

15 January

A tasteful nude in watercolour today. I would credit the photographer but I can’t remember where I found the image and I don’t want to put “naked in the bathroom” into Google because I will probably get mare than I bargained for! I think it came from an artists model reference site.

14 January

An accidental change of style today when I used a water soluble marker for my initial sketch As soon as I added water it ran everywhere but I am not disappointed with the result. This is from a photo I took of Fletcher on the beach at 7.30 this morning.

12 January

Yesterday morning I needed to go to the supermarket for our weekly shop but my car wouldn’t start, the battery was completely flat. I had a new battery fitted by the RAC in November so I put it on charge and took Ginny’s car instead. When I checked the battery voltage mid afternoon it hadn’t risen above 4.75 volts so I called the RAC. Unfortunately the membership I got with the car expired in December soI had to pay for the fallout, they did say they would refund the money if the battery proved to be faulty. They gave me an eta of three hours but in fact the mechanic called me just over an hour later to say he was on his way. He did all the battery checks and got the car started, it turns out the battery is fine I just haven’t used the car enough to keep it charged and the battery charger I was using is too old to charge modern batteries properly (it’s probably 25 years old!) The car was fine this morning and I have ordered a new charger from Amazon. A big thank you to Paul from the RAC for getting me back on the road.

11 January

“Playing games with the faces, she said the man in the gabardine Mac was a spy…” A line from America by Simon and Garfunkel that I always think of when I do this sort of exercise. I put down various size blobs of paint then when it’s dry I try to find faces in them. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t but it’s always fun to do.

10 January

The weekend challenge from Purely watercolour is to paint this view in an hour. I took less than an hour actually painting but I did stop for breakfast between the first and second washes! I didn’t do any preliminary drawing, straight in with the brush.

9 January

I seem to be fascinated by London buses recently so I have painted another one in watercolour without using a brush, just plenty of water, an old credit card and a stick. This is an RT from the early sixties, I used to go to school on these when I started grammar school although they were gradually being replaced by the newer routemaster buses which were slightly more comfortable.