Old Cornish Luggers

I’ve just spent a glorious day down on Newlyn Old Harbour drawing the Mounts Bay Luggers.   Arriving before the crowds, I was greeted by one of the old Cornish sea-dogs with his handsome swarthy features and sun-tanned face framed by a white-spotted, crimson handkerchief tied around his neck.  He told me he had helped…

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A Smaller Picture

With David Hockney’s eagerly awaited new exhibition, A Bigger Picture, just opening at the RA, and everyone clambering to see it, I am experiencing a bit of a dilemma at the moment.  You see, I’ve already discovered the graphic delights of my iphone apps and realised the enormous potential this could have for a whole…

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Quick Draw

I found 36 meanings for the verb ‘to draw’ in one of my dictionaries.  Such as in the analogy I have used for the title of this blog to imply there is a gun involved, (have you noticed a theme running through the last few posts?) or  ‘draw the curtains’ or ‘draw in customers’…..the permutations…

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Postcards for Shelterbox

I have just delivered a ‘postcard’ sized drawing of one of our whippets, Zola (see below), to include in Badcocks’s Christmas exhibition.  It runs over two weekends, 3/4 and 10/11 December – or by appointment – at 10 Long Row (see above, ‘picture postcard’ cottage) Sheffield, Penzance, with a percentage of proceeds going towards Shelterbox. …

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Moulé Soup

It is hard to believe I have contributed 12 months worth of ‘stuff’ to the blogosphere.   In fact it has become a bit of an opus in itself and feels strangely more than the sum of it’s parts.  All the electronic processes that allow us to manipulate graphics, design websites and produce music and videos…

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1st ‘Sketchbook’ Anniversary

87 posts published to date (that’s 1.67 per week to be precise), and three faithful followers thus far!  In the space of a year its taken to create this blog I’ve seen my daughter happily married, my financial situation spiral into a  precarious nose-dive, and my darling whippet Zeta – mother of our two ‘whippet’-snappers…

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Meerkat Whippets

I had to cover our gooseberries and redcurrents with netting recently.  This was not to protect the ripening fruit from the birds but from our thieving whippets and honorary whippet/spaniel.  Apart from their liking for poo (as already described in ‘Sweet Smell of Success‘), they show their true wolf ancestry in the things they like…

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Model Behaviour

Whippets make very good models for drawing.  Their elegant physique and clearly defined musculature make them the perfect subject matter when a nude model is simply out of the question.  Combined with the fact that they like to spend most of their lives draped on the nearest comfy object which is usually one of their…

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