The sketch a week exhibition

Sketch a week exhibition

Today is the last day of the exhibition so a hearty thank you to everyone who visited and gave such wonderful feedback. For those of you who came I thank you for participating in my little competition for 2 people to each win one of the prints from the 2016 sketch a day challenge. Yesterday myself and Michaela each drew a ticket from the box and the 2 lucky winners have each been informed. I hope you both enjoy your prints.


So what were your favorites?  43 different sketches proved to be someones favorite and every sketch was in someones top 3. However these were the 5 favorites.  See them all here.

Week 28

Week  20

Week 19

Week 29

Week  30

My 2018 challenge part 6


Couple of shallots grown by my mum that will make it into supper at some point. The shadows helps with the overall form, and the roots leave you in no doubt what they are. In 3 minutes you have to find the important features that define the subject.


Butternut squash

With the cold weather coming this will form part of some hearty stew.  Squashes don’t give you much to use from a textural point of view so the shape is critical to defining them.


Printing baron

These are used to burnish the print onto paper for lino cuts. I must confess I have never found great joy in using this one and prefer a wooded spoon. So at least this can serve a a sketch subject.


My trusty Doc martins

Love my red boots and as you can tell I hope that they are well worn and loved, slightly baggy which is great as they are soft and comfortable. Red with a buckle!


Looking north from Southwold pier

With my asthma being so bad I have managed so few outdoor sketches and despite the sketches being just 3minutes I intend for many to be landscapes. So I managed this from within the cafe looking out the window.


Beach pebble

Again another from subjects within my studio that was sitting on the window sill. Just a plain grey pebble smooth from the sea.


Note book

Another simple object but here getting the perceptive correct is crucial . Simple lines give the feeling of may pages all slightly open to different degrees. Lighting the subject to give it shadows helps again in defining the form.


My 2018 challenge part 5

Slice of baguette

Remnant of today’s dinner. A crust slice of bread. Oops put the wrong date on this one.


My glasses

Fortunately I have more than one pair.



Thought I should do this today as it is Shrove Tuesday. In the UK many people celebrate by eating pancakes usually with sugar and lemon.



One of my many feathers I have at home.



Needed these this winter it has seemed a particularly cold winter.


MP3 Speaker

A very simple design.


Barney the Cat

Round at our friends with their beautiful cat called Barney. Gladly he sat reasonably still for nearly the three minutes, just two poses.


My 2018 challenge part 4

4th February

Another from the beach. Shells are not that common along our stretch of coastline so i often pick up those that I find. I hope that I have identified this correctly as a Peppery Furrow.4-2

5th February

Down in Southwold thinking about paintings of the sea and gathering some reference, time also for a quick sketch. I love theses days where the northerly winds kick up our sea.5-2

6th February

3 minutes to capture one of my sketching pencils.


7th February

Yes my hand holding my sketchbook, I am left handed.


8th February

I have been lino cutting this week all to be revealed soon and today is first proof so the inks are out. Quite a big print so the press is being used instead of hand burnishing.


9th February

Always interesting is the elliptical shape of the top  and bottom of a bowl, even over the small difference in height it is important to observe and capture the difference between the two.9-2

10th February

Sweet Violets found in the shelter of a bush in my garden, surely a sign that spring is on the way. It is obvious the days are increasing in length but as yet it has remained cold and particularly damp. 10-2

Paintings and Prints of the East Anglian Coast