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.

Girls Who Draw Grasses

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Today I found 7 different grasses just walking through the garden to my studio (we don’t mow the grass very often).

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I used them to experiment with making very quick drawings, looking closely at the grasses but trying not to look at the page. I didn’t worry about accuracy or detail.

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Then I tried drawing in the same way with colours I wouldn’t normally combine…

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…and ended up with green paint and a pencil/pastel line.

I really enjoyed focusing on the process instead of the end result, and just seeing what happened. I think I could have repeated this experiment with different subject matter all day…

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.

Book Corner

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This was going to be 3 dogs walking in a park, until a scribbly pink tree I’d done for something else fluttered out of a bag I was emptying…and I put the 3 dogs aside and used this one.
And thought I’d quite like to be sitting reading under pink blossom.

A Nonchalant Fox

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The other day I was spending the morning drawing wolves in my studio. As I stood by the door washing my paintbrushes a beautiful fox walked past right in front of the studio.
I opened the door quietly so as not to disturb it and then suddenly wanted it to look at me – I wondered what it’s reaction would be.
The only thing I could think of to say, rather foolishly, was ‘Fox! Fox!’ as if I was calling a pet cat.
It carried on walking up my sloping garden, then turned and looked back at me.
Then it did a wee in the grass and sauntered off.

Of mice and umbrellas

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It’s been rather rainy here today.
This week’s #colour_collective colour on twitter is green-gold, one of my favourite colours ever, both in paint and clothes.
Which is why  this mouse has a greenish umbrella.
Have a lovely (and hopefully not too soggy) green-gold weekend!