1850 – Other end of the desk

On Sunday I finally had time to do a longer sketch with my friend @TheArtofBeingPresent. We are still on lock down here (or at least all the amenities where we live are closed) so I had to draw inside again and took the easy option of just sketching the end of my desk. That shoebox is full of my most recent sketchbooks…but there is a shelf full in the living room as well.


1842 – Burgers

Last night, what with the uncomfortable side effects from my second Covid vaccine jab, cooking was not an option – so we ordered some veggie burgers from Burger King. As I felt pretty exhausted all I could manage was this little sketch of my plate with tissues and a little pot of tomato sauce. I am also getting to grips with the new paper I am using.


1841 – Jabbed again

Yesterday I went for my second dose of Covid vaccine (Moderna). As before I had to sit around for hours in multiple queues – mostly so that a health declaration form could be filled in. In the Philippines the preferred way of queuing up is to sit in banks of chairs and shuffle a few seats forward every now and then. I lost count of how many times I got up then sat down, only to be told to get up again moments later. Anyway now I am feeling pretty rotten as the side effects are hitting me.


1839 – Last fruit

I usually sketch without an end result in mind but last night I started this thinking I would do a simple drawing of a bowl of fruit….then I thought I’d limit my palette to just just Paynes Grey and Raw Sienna. Well, none of that really came to be and I just doodled away adding details and more colours – that’s my favourite way to sketch.


1836 – Turned around in my office

I spent a nice long while sketching with my friend @TheArtofBeingPresent again on Sunday. As I did on Saturday I decided to sketch inside – so I just turned around in my office chair and sketched what was behind me…a bean bag, a laundry basket, a pillow and an upside down catch scratching pole. Under the pillow is a fold up ottoman (which we were given for Christmas), decorated with scenes from Europe and stuffed full of my art materials.


1835 – Gathering dust

Yesterday (Saturday) I joined my friend @TheArtofBeingPresent again for a Zoom sketching session. As we are effectively still on lock down here, like last weekend, I decided to sketch inside. My wife hunted for a long time to find and buy this Remington typewriter for me as a 50th birthday present. I used a typewriter a lot when I lived in Cambodia and wanted one again….I’m not really sure why. I’m ashamed to say that since then it’s just gathered dust under our coffee table.


1833 – The dirty deed

This morning I took our young tom cat, Captain Haddock, to the vet to be neutered. Last night I cleaned up our cat carrier and as soon as I set it down on the floor he got in and had a sniff around. He also got in willingly this morning, but by the time we got to the vets he was of course a bit stressed out and wondering what on earth was going on. Poor little thing, I am feeling guilty now.