The first page (Gordon of course) in a new Sketchbook

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I have a new Art Spectrum ‘Toned Sand Journal’ which I totally love! (I also got a grey one and a white one – the paper in them is so nice!). Adam (my son) and I both got one each of the 3 colours… Naturally – what has to be the sketch on the first page? GORDON! ?❤️?❤️?❤️ He was sitting next to me on the couch looking totally cute as usual lol and I draped a beaded necklace around his neck and he posed for a minute before deciding he wanted to play ??? I used Charcoal (both the black charcoal pencils and sticks) and white pastel sticks and a couple of derwent pastel drawing pencils…


Scenes from Morocco

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It took me a few days to do this double page spread in my A4 Fabriano Sketchbook. It is very much a mixed media, with the initial drawing done using my TWSBI EF nib fountain pen with deatrimentas document ink, then Watercolour, Watercolour marker pens, other Marker pens, Pitt Artist Pens and Gel pens!
I have never been to Morocco, although my sister Adele Flood has, she is a brilliant artist, and she produced a most wonderful collection of paintings and drawings from her stay there – culminating in a successful Exhibition a couple of years ago! ❤️?
I did not originally intend to portray Morocco, but I was drawn to the colours and scenes and found some very nice photos on Pixabay which I used as reference photos for my sketchbook work. I love using sketchbooks and have seen so many great ones in groups online that always inspire me to try and do more! Thank you for looking ???✒️✏️

Buddhist Sketches Ink and Watercolour

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this is a spread from my current Fabriano Art Journal and can be seen in the buddhism section as well as themSketchbook page –  on these pages, I share my love for Thay (Thich Nhat Hanh), for his engaged Buddhism, for Plum Village where I am always grateful for all the resources they so generously share… and where we try to participate with some of the online practices when we can…

‘The art was all done with a TWSBI fountain pen and deatrimentas black ink, with watercolour, also some of the Faber  Castell Artist Pitt Pens.

Robbie Sketchbook Entry

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The second double page of my lovely Fabriano Venezia Sketchbook, featuring gorgeous Robbie (the beautiful and very well loved cat belonging to my sister, Adele Flood)
He is such a cutie and a real character! I drew him in black ink with my TWSBI fountain pen, and coloured him with Faber Castell watercolours, and some Derwent Drawing pencils.

‘Since doing this, I have done a full colour portrait of Robbie, which I will upload soon…

First Sketch in my Fabriano Sketchbook

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Yesterday, I finished the opening page of my new sketchbook – A lovely Fabriano Venezia, and I used Ink and Watercolour. Gorgeous paper! And who better to star on the opening pages than our gorgeous Gordon? ❤️ (He is usually the first page of nearly every sketchbook I have – plus a good few internals lol) He is a well loved little boy who brings joy to so many! ❤️


Digital Pet Portraits

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Another of my hand drawn digital Pet Portrait / Illustrations. I love these dogs – Max, an adorable Jack Russell Terrier, is the special little ‘Heart Dog’ to his lovely mum Kimberley, and Baxter is a gorgeous and unusual dog – a Lagotto Romagnolo. I draw these images by hand, on a tablet, and when completed I send them to your email as an image file. You can have them printed professionally and framed – you can also use the file I give you on your home computer and printer to use in a variety of ways yourself (see some of my earlier posts on how you can make good use of them). If you are interested please DM me. Thank you for looking ❤️



A Charcoal Portrait of a Boxer Dog called Jagger

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I was asked to draw ‘Jagger’ – the beautiful Boxer dog you see here. I am sad to say that he is no longer with us, but he did have a full and very well loved life with his family ❤️ We can all understand the pain of losing our pets, but also remember the pure love and joy that they gave to us too ❤️❤️❤️ I truly hope that my portrait of ‘Jagger’ will provide joy to his family as a tribute to him, for a long time to come ❤️❤️❤️


A Fox called Basil

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A double page from my A5 Fabriano sketchbook/journal – my friend Lin who lives in the UK, has foxes come to visit her at her house. She feeds them and even gives them medication if they are unwell! They are such gorgeous little animals, and this little one, Basil, was a special one to her. I used one of her photos as a reference and drew him in ink and watercolour. He was such a sweetie, I am pleased with how he turned out ? I found many facts about foxes but just included a few to go with the illustration…


Maggie – A Very Cute Cat

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This is Maggie ? Such a cutie! ? I sketched her using a Twisbi Eco Fountain Pen and black De Atrimentas ink and the Watercolour was from the Pentel Aquash Travel Set. A white gel pen was used for some highlights. The paper is really good to work with – Fabriano Artistico Watercolour paper, Hot Pressed – it is lovely and smooth in Traditional White (so it’s not that really bright white) and, even better, it states it is free of animal components! ?


Another Adorable Donkey

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Still keeping with the ‘Donkeys’ theme, I fell in love with this little guy!  An adorable miniature donkey named ‘Donk’, he belongs to a real animal loving family ? and amongst other pets, they have a gorgeous clydesdale as well as a little miniature pony, beautiful enormous Mastiffs, plus a little Bulldog!

Once again with this sketch, I used my favourite Black DeAtrimentas ink with my TWISBI fountain pen and watercolours, which were from a Pentel Aquash Travel Set, in a Stillman and Byrne Epsilon journal, sized at A5.

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