11 December

At the Broadstone Art Society party yesterday Gill was selling raffle tickets while wearing a green tinsel wig. I couldn’t mix a colour that did it justice so someone suggested a little mixed media. Gill’s wig sacrificed a strand or two in the name of art.

10 December

Broadstone Art Society Christmas party this morning, lots of Santa hats and tinsel wigs, Christmas jumpers, mulled wine and fish and chips for lunch. People made Christmas candles and decorated pine cones. I chose to sketch in pen and watercolour.

8 December

At the gundog Christmas party this morning Nuala won the advanced obedience competition beating all the other retrievers and spaniels, I am very proud of her. Fletcher di some of the advanced tests, even though he is still a beginner he is showing great potential.

7 December

A quick sketch of the dogs relaxing this morning as we are busy for the rest of today. We are carol singing in the local shopping centre in aid of Waggy Tails dog rescue. I am playing guitar and the dogs are helping people part with some money!

6 December

I tried a new watercolour paper this evening, it is a pad from Wilco, it’s really cheap, off white with an interesting texture. Unfortunately it doesn’t take a wash very well and the colours sink in and go a bit dull. I don’t think I will use it for watercolour anymore but it should be ok for charcoal practice.

5 December

I have been experimenting with slightly abstract watercolours this week and it seems that not everybody likes it! The reaction has been interesting and I have been getting some that really like it and some that definitely don’t. I am quite happy with that as it is provoking a reaction which surely is the point of creating something.