Pear Sketch

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These gorgeous pears are splendid with autumnal colours which lend themselves beautifully to be rendered in watercolour. They’re also bound to be delicious!

Flower Sketches

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I have no idea what this plant is…it looks just like grass growing in a pot on the roof terrace but it has these lovely little white flowers and seed pods shooting out of it…

Here’s another version…

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Cherries!

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Cherry season is almost over so I thought I’d better immortalise these tasty beauties in pen and watercolour before it’s too late. Yum…

Noises in the Attic

For a few nights last week there was a high pitched squeaking noise emanating from the roof above my bed in the attic…was it a bird or a rat?

I was locked out of the house one night so had to beg the use of a neighbour’s sofa and when I returned the next day I found this on my bed and the mystery was solved…poor little bat baby…

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A pretty gruesome find you’d think, but according to this page

“Bats represent social relationships, communication and motherhood

The bat is a symbol of communication; Native Americans observed bats to be highly social creatures with strong family ties. They are nurturing, exhibiting verbal communication, touching and sensitivity to members of their group. Bats are sensitive to their surroundings and are seen as intuitive, with the ability to see through illusion and discern truth.

Eastern cultures view the bat as a symbol of wealth, longevity, peace, good health and a good death. In China, the symbol for bat is “fu” — which is also the symbol for good luck.”

I chose the colour combination because there were tinges of them in the poor little creature’s body and they’re reminiscent of the bougainvillea petals that blow into my attic on the gusts of ‘levante’ wind from the most enormous plant of its kind I’ve ever seen, which grows up through the open patio of a neighbour’s house.

Peas!

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Peas! Yum…nuff said, spring is in the air…

Alcázar de Jerez

Last Saturday morning I joined the Xerez Sketchers and Vejer Sketchers  in the Alcázar de Jerez, a former moorish fortress. We spent a couple of very happy hours sketching, chatting and comparing techniques and results.

And we were featured in an article in the newspaper Diario de Jerez entitled ‘The Mysticism of Drawing’

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Valentine’s Sketch

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To mark Valentine’s Day I made this pen and watercolour sketch of a tin heart mirror I brought back from Mexico.

May your heart have wings today and everyday….

Lemon and Ginger Sketch

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Here’s another juicy pen and watercolour sketch inspired by my search for cold remedies.

Lemon and Ginger, I salute you!

Strawberry Sketch

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Strawberry season has started! And we’re not talking plastic packed supermarket type strawberries here…these are full-on super-strawberries that taste like the ones from my childhood ‘Pick Your Own’ days in the 1970s. Delightfully delicious.

 

Orange Sketch

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Another juicy pen and watercolour sketch.

I ate the model afterwards…fingers crossed it will cure my sniffles.