Monthly Archives: June 2011

Storm Code Orange!

Two nights ago the whole sky was shuddering and dealing out neon flashes! It was very dramatic, especially when we discovered the flooded kitchen. It was too much to mop up, so we had to start off shovelling water with … Continue reading

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Illustration Friday – Midsummer Night

Preparations for a Midsummer celebration in the Swamp. I made this a few years ago, but I want to do more with these beasties. They’re taking their preparations so seriously (except for those cloud-critters sailing past; they’re just watching the … Continue reading

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Holiday sketchbook (Tinos)

Some more holiday drawings, from the beautiful island Tinos! It was said to be home to the Wind God, which I felt all too keenly as my whole paintbox was lifted up and crashed to the ground, scattering colours, by … Continue reading

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Holiday sketchbook (Athens)

Some sketchbook pages from my dream-like holiday! It was wonderful and I did much drawing. Most of these were done while sitting in my friends’ fantastic garden, with very elegant dogs (the brushpenned ones) flopping onto my feet.            The little … Continue reading

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Back soon

This is an old one, but sort of appropriate (except for the fish-beast-thing, and the spiky red haired one, and the mistiness, and the overall colours) as I am ferrying across green seas tomorrow!

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The Potato Peel Brothers

After all those posts blissfully free from peelings, my time-wasting ways reveal themselves again. I am on holiday and eating lots, so here is some food to share: the potato peel brothers ~

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Moorhen brawling

The same island as featured in Cormorant Tension. It may not be quite as sensationalist, but it was certainly more violent! My eyes have been opened to their fighting potential; they are tiny but relentless.  Click for larger fighting! {For … Continue reading

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Wading bird paradise – a glut of Avocets and Spoonbills

I’ve been wanting to see Avocets (‘Kluut’ in Dutch) for years, and suddenly I got to watch and sketch not one but a whole family through Tineke’s telescope, ideally positioned in her attic. They are the most beautifully elegant birds, … Continue reading

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Illustration Friday – Shadows

For this week’s Illustration Friday. Earlier this year the river flooded, ebbed away and left a little cliff where smooth beach had been before. Now mudswallows (oeverzwaluwen in Dutch) have moved in. When you go walking the soaring of the … Continue reading

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Weekend in a London garden

Drawn while sitting in my sister’s garden: She’s made it look beautiful and has even made a pond and planted vegetables and everything! Also the neighbour’s cats: That orange thing on the roof isn’t a cat. It’s a fox, which … Continue reading

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