I finally got outside to sketch this in the village that my sister lives in. The church dates from 1350 though it was refurbished and rebuilt on the medieval foundations in the 19th century. It was lovely and sunny while I drew this – warm enough for me to take my jumper off!
This sketch was done on the day of my fathers funeral – sweetpeas were one of his favourite flowers, which he always grew.
My sister is an avid gardener and each time we visit we get a tour, when we are encouraged make compliments and say “nice garden”. Despite people telling me its warm weather here, it’s still cool compared to the Philippines, so I drew this from the comfort of the dining room!
Another sketch on my journey – this one was done while while waiting for my coach at Gatwick Airport. It was cold (by my standards), damp and grey – welcome to the UK!
On my way to the UK I had enough time at the airport in Hong Kong to draw this – the airport building there is so much more sophisticated and attractive than the ugly box we have in Manila. Maybe you won’t notice from this drawing but I got the curve of the roof wrong in this – it should be much shallower. My excuse is that it was late at night!
Waiting for flight to UK it started off light outside and slowly got dark while I drew this. I bought some coffee and cake at “Bluesmith comfort food” – the cake tasted like it had been on the shelf for days. Passengers came and went as I drew – I only managed to catch the ghost of one.
On the weekend we had lunch at this place and I was pleased that they had a vegetarian version. It was only when we asked for a top-up of the soup (shabu-shabu is a Japanese hot pot where you cook the raw ingredients in an open pot of broth at the table), that we were told that the broth is chicken stock. I think someone needs to explain to them what vegetarian means!
I think we were given this wooden mobile when our kids were babies…I found it in one of our trunks the other day. You wind it up by rolling it over and over, then when you release it, it spins round and round. Never mind the kids, I love it.
Here is a quick sketch done during my daughters gymnastics class – in this I am continuing to test out the new paper I am using, just seeing if the paper will pill and how re-workable it is.