Sneaky Reads

Sometimes in the Summer Holidays I long to sneak off and hide with a book. 

And sometimes I fall asleep after reading the kids a bedtime story; then they get a sneaky extra read before Lights Out.

Ear Ear

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Quite often the first day of the school holidays does not go exactly as I imagined.
Thank goodness for the patient nurses and doctor we saw today and Long Live the NHS!

Travelling Dog

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I drew this little dog with a suitcase shortly after the Referendum here in Britain, still reeling from the idea that we will be leaving the EU.
In the last few weeks I’ve been hearing so many shocking stories of racist abuse being hurled at people on the street and in public places.
I thought of my Italian grandmother arriving in England as a teenager before the Second World War, and wondered what prejudices she faced.
Here in Stroud I know people from Hungary, Italy, USA, Poland, Austria, Portugal, Turkey, Wales, Scotland, the Philippines, Japan, Denmark, Sweden, Australia and Germany.
I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Grey Day

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This little paper box was for today’s Lilac Grey #colour_collective on twitter.

It pushed me out of my colour comfort zone – I don’t often use purply colours, but I loved using this grey today.

In the Jungle…

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I thought I’d try something darker than usual for Friday’s colour_collective on twitter…
So I drew on a painted sheet with graphite pencils, then added a little colour with conté pastel pencils.
And I really really enjoyed playing around and experimenting!

Beside the Seaside

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There’s some wonderful work for #colour_collective by so many artists on twitter tonight – the colour was Limpet Blue and as I’d woken up wanting to draw an ice cream van it seemed to fit in nicely.