Around the river-bend

tree and river sketch

 

I did some outdoors sketching during a brief glimmer of sunshine, but the on-flowing mysteries past the broad river-bend were barred by a beaked guardian.

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Dance of the watercolour blob critters

easter chicks

It’s a little late, but hope you had a very happy Easter time!

 

After drawing these straight-to-pen, flower-sprouting chicks onto watercolour blobs I had a go at some gif making practice (my second so far!). Part of me wishes I could keep at it ’til everything is very smooth, but I kind of like their slightly dubious dancing too. Hope the rest of your week includes some kindly creatures, good flowers & a fun dance-like quality!

 

 

 

Easter chicks gif

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Actual beaver

A few days ago while on a walk I saw a wild beaver for the first time!

beaversA real live actual wild beaver, in the wild, being all beaver-like. I mean no big deal I wasn’t totally over-awed and straining my eyes and memory to notice every detail for later drawing times or anything but it was a REAL WILD BEAVER.

Having stared at the water by what we’d just discovered was a beaver fort for some time, we were about to leave when it swam right past us, clambered onto land just a couple of meters away, gnawed on some branches and slipped into the water again, quiet and massive and far too busy to concern itself with gaping, awestruck humans.

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Beauty and the Beast(‘s Library)

beauty and the beast 1bThe live action Beauty and the Beast film was really enjoyable! It was fun to paint these two reading and glancing too, so I tried making it into a little animated gif : >

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Leafy hangouts

hanging plants 1 girl and bird

Spring is really setting in, and it’s very tempting to just wander through the sunshine in a fresh new leaves & flowers daze.

Here are some straight to ink planty pen doodles I coloured in to wish you a bright and happy week 🌷

hanging plants 2 block

hanging plants 4 four little ones together

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Featuring a few Australian birds

A little while ago I had the pleasure of painting this commission of my cousin and her fiancé, who both studied birds in Australia, commissioned by my other cousin, Marjolein, as a gift. Rosellas are Leonie and Raoul’s particular area of expertise, but I couldn’t help going all out researching and adding Australian birds until the drawing was packed with them – they’re just too amazing! I love looking up birds, time and again I just get swept away with wonder at their shapes and colours.Leonie and Raoul for blog

As a little extra gift I made these little ink and watercolour bonus images below; one for Leonie and Raoul with rosellas and fairy wrens, and one for tea-expert Marjolein – thanks so much again for this sweet commission!

Extra L and RExtra M

 

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Moominland

moominland tent

I went to Moominland this week! You can find a handy portal into it at the Southbank Centre by Waterloo. You have to book in advance as only small groups of people can go in at a time because the settings are small (because, of course, Moomins are small), & no photography was allowed, but here’s an illustrated representation of a snippet of the experience.
Tove Jansson is a hero of mine, so it was magical to get to see some of her original drawings and objects, quite apart from getting to wander through a whole variety of beautifully built rooms and experiences, which may or may not have included Snufkin’s lantern-lit tent, a leafy forest with glowing flowers and golden butterflies, and the ominous growls of the Groke.
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