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Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

I came across a photo on Twitter, taken by Ian Rankin, the renowned Scottish crime novelist. It’s the view of Edinburgh Castle from Vennel Steps. When I visit my sister in Edinburgh, I always try and fit in a day for sketching in the city – this view was my focus this time. I managed to get there around 3pm which meant I only had about 2 hours before it started to get dark. So this had to be a quick…

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FALLEN PLUM TREE

FALLEN PLUM TREE

One half of the plum tree in my back garden fell on Sunday night. It didn’t make any noise or break anything else; just laid across the boundary fence with the canopy lying in the neighbour’s garden. 

Last of the spring blooms

Last of the spring blooms

Another chilly day at my local park. I sat with a hot coffee and a warm buttered rock-cake, and sketched, while Harindra went off on his walk. Most of the spring blooms are gone now, aside from a bed of tulips,   and a solitary tree covered in deep pink cherry blossoms.  I painted the pink flowers, brown tones of the trunk and branches on location. Line work and shadows were added later, at home in front of the heater,…

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Spring at Kew Gardens

Spring at Kew Gardens

I met up with a sketching buddy today, Zane (@zanekarklina). I’ve been looking forward to venturing out after the ‘stay at home’ restriction lifted in England. We spent Good Friday at Royal Botanic Gardens Kew sketching the Japanese landscape. It’s a beautiful space combining 3 different gardens – Garden of peace, Garden of Activity and Garden of Harmony – surrounding the Chokushi-Mon (Gateway of the Imperial Messenger). The resident peacock was out sunbathing (and posing for the tourists) in the…

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Shophouses of Penang

Shophouses of Penang

Today is the first day of easing restrictions from the third lockdown, in England. With light at the end of this long pandemic tunnel I’m starting to feel a little hope (mostly hoping that it’s not a train!).  As always, art and fellow artists have kept me from going crazy during this time.  Yesterday’s sketch was done during  another fun Instagram Live with 4 amazing sketchers, Alvin (@artofalvin), Marek (@marekbad64), Siu-Lan (@slc.scribbles) and Leslie (@montrealsketcher). This time, drawing the shophouses…

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People in the park

People in the park

Urban Sketchers London held their second online sketch meet up via Zoom. Today’s theme was ‘people’, led  by John Webb. I decided to sit on my local park bench to sketch people on this freezing but deceptively sunny day.  I admit, moving people are difficult to capture. I roughly sketched the outline of the landscape (path, trees etc) first and added people in one at a time as they walked along the path. This approach made it easier for me…

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Spring has sprung!

Spring has sprung!

  I still remember the joy I felt when I saw this tree in full bloom for the first time, from the kitchen window of our then new home. It has never failed to bring us joy every Spring for the past 10 years, but this is the first time I’ve felt brave enough to give it full credit with my paint brush.