My 2018 challenge part 6

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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

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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

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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

My 2018 challenge part 3

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28th January

Sitting in the Jolly Sailors, Pakefield and it is warm enough for brave people to be sitting outside eating chips.28-1

29th January

Another sketch that includes some part of the evening meal. The good thing is in 3 mins this lemon can be used.


30th January

A well worn Whelk shell from the beach. This one has the wonderful internal spiral that has been exposed by the tumbling in the sea.


31st January

So here it is the long awaited Super blue moon, with the clouds closing in I just managed to complete the quick sketch before it vanished.


1st February

I noticed these Snow drops (Fair maids of February) growing in the churchyard at Henstead church. Not quite the carpet that will follow after the next few weeks  but just a beautiful strip along the edge where it must catch the sun.


2nd February

Again something collected from the tide line. Cuttlefish only appear on the beach after it has been a little rougher than normal where they are stranded with the seaweed.


3rd February

Waiting for The Tannahill Weavers to hit the stage at The Cut at Halesworth, sitting on the stage  Roy Gullane’s guitar.


My 2018 challenge part 2

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My 3 minute sketches part 2

22nd Jan: Such a simple object but full of geometric form, simple and part of our everyday lives but also well designed.


23rd January: I think the man in the supermarket thought me a little strange asking for that Sardine until I told him it was just for sketching. Then he knew it was strange.


24th January: Part of my shopping for the week at some point I think a curry is on the menu. Such a simple shape but so easily to recognise.


25th January: Today I have been lino carving so my tools were out and on the bench, hopefully this make it to print early next week.


26th January: I have been unwell with my asthma hence so many indoor sketches, even this one is through my back door. This is just the sence that spring is around the corner.


27th January: My dog’s tennis ball, loved the furry shadow thrown by the strong light source.