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Returning Love of the Humble Pencil


How strange that I find myself back here again sharing my thoughts and stuff with the world. Changes in my life seem to urge me to write it down almost as if it will not happen or escape me unless I do this, a statement of intent methinks. At the age of 46 one would think I was past these stages and had become more mature in my thought processes, but alas I shall always remain a scatterbrain of randomness.

So here I am writing my blog post haste of another decision in my pursuit of creativeness, and I think that this will be a final one and I have to say I am quite pleased about that. Buying supplies for new hobbies and being a bit obsessive about it can be very expensive especially when one has a change of heart ! I stopped drawing two years ago for a couple of reasons, and instead I fell in love with Crochet, which filled that creative gap for me. I had a lot of fun choosing different yarns, colours, textures, making lots of different things, even selling some mad items at local craft fairs. Actually I went overboard and ended up with way too much of everything which would of taken a few good years to use up….obsession again. Everything I have is kept in a small cupboard (don’t have a huge amount of storing space ) and every time I went to get a ball of yarn or buttons, on the shelf there was the remaining pencils, pens, paper etc looking at me for longingly waiting to be picked up and used again. I knew in my heart that the day was coming soon when they would be in my hands creating pictures, I had missed them so much…too much if I am honest. So to cut a long story short I have picked them up again and start to draw and loving every minute of it. I am rusty it has been a long while but I intend to practise every day drawing all kinds of everything and doodling too. I gifted quite a few of Crochet supplies to other crafty friends, as I know that they will use it a lot quicker than I will, and also donated some to a dog rescue charity who has a lady that makes wonderful blankets to raise money for the pooches and moggies, a good cause methinks. I kept some yarn and stuff for me to use for personal projects and maybe to make a few gifts, great for doing in the long dark winter evenings.  So without much more ado, this is my first dog drawing that I started last week, its not to bad for a first picture after a few years, however I see many mistakes in it, that are very basic and just a matter or practice and to remind myself of technique to create fur, texture etc. I will finish it and then move on to something new. Its good to be back sharing my love of art, pencils and pens.Jimmers


Back to Blogging


Gosh it has been a while since I have blogged here, but I always knew in my heart that I would return at some point. So what have I been up to lately…loads of stuff, from really learning to Crochet properly and doodling ideas in my sketchbook for future projects. I have been debating for a while now whether to combine my passion for crochet within this blog instead of having a separate one that I set up some months back. To be honest I don’t have to the time to keep writing for two blogs, so it seems to be a better idea to keep it under one roof so to speak and hopefully that will make it a little more interesting.

So 2015 bought many changes into my life, the hardest was the loss of little pooch. Sadly she got very sick and we had a very hard decision to make, and knowing her as we did we decided the best and kindest thing was to let her go. We were heartbroken and devastated, as I imagine that many of you who have gone through this will understand. You never get over the death of a loved one four legs or two, you just learn to live with out them and adapt to a new way of living. For me personally it has been hard as I have always had dogs in my life and mostly two so when I lost one there was always the other that needed me and that helped with my grief, but this time I only had Blue, and I found it very hard being dog free for the first time in many years. For many personal reasons we have decided not to have another dog, so we are getting on with life at a pace that is comfortable to us, and doing some of the things that we have not been able to do up till now. Blue is always with us, heart and soul as are my other pooches, never forgotten and always loved.

On the Crochet front I have learnt so many new things, made my first amigurimis, hats, gloves, learnt some Tunisian Crochet, beaded pieces, and so much more. I have not done a huge amount of drawing but my love for it is as strong as ever and I have picked up the pens again and started some new stuff which I will share along the way.

I hope that the last year has treated you all well, and I am slowly trailing through many of your posts on a catch up spree, wonderful stuff that I have read so far, and look forward to much more.

Mandala 5 and 6 of 100

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It has been another busy week, and not a whole lot of art done either, except for these two mandalas for the 100 mandala challenge. They are smaller ones with the paper measuring no more than 4 x 5 inches so quick to do when time is short. I love the owl one and although the circles were done with my trusty compass, the rest of it is free hand so quite uneven in places. The other one started out as something entirely different which I did not like at all, so progressed to what it is now, which is a little more acceptable. I have to be honest and say that back in the day if a drawing was not going the way I wanted it to, it went into the bin, but nowadays I look again leave it along for a day or so and then make it into something else, much more fun and lest wasteful too. Having said all that it works for art that I am doing for myself but for a commissioned piece most definitely not, perfection then takes over, but as I am taking time out of that market for a while, it is just nice to enjoy what I am doing now.

3/4 of 100 mandalas.

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We seem to be having another small heat wave here in the south of the UK with temperature’s still reaching 19 degrees and in some places above that, however the north of the country is beset by heavy rains and winds, one never quite knows what the weather will do next.

It has been a very busy week and my time limited somewhat for creating art, so again these two mandala’s were created on the hoof over the weekend as Sunday is my least busy day and quietest ! The basic design of these I created in Artrage (digital painting software) using the symmetry tool which is really handy for getting mirrored lines, and then printed them out on to some drawing paper. I coloured one with my sharpies and the other I patterned with my micron pens and have to say that I like how both of them have turned out. I normally like them to be a bit more intricate than the ones created so far, but when time is short simple works best, however I am determined to make a few more in a colourful and fun way in mixed media,  mostly collage, which is going to be fun methinks.

100 Mandalas

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From a very mild, wet and windy UK, and as I look out my window the windfall of many colours means that we are well into Autumn and cooler climes. I am really attuned to the changing seasons, and whether it be blazing sunshine, freezing temperatures, or lashing down with rain I love looking at all the changes that go with it, but I digress and will save the rest of those thoughts for another post.

I have signed up for a challenge my very first in fact, to create Mandala’s over a 100 day period. This was something I could not resist as I absolutely love doing them and have so for a few years in various ways. I came across this via another artist who is also taking part and blogs here on WordPress, check out her blog here http://jackiefullerartist.wordpress.com/

You can also read about this challenge here http://collagediva.typepad.com/collagediva/100mandala.html

For me I have decided to do my mandala’s on separate pieces of paper in various sizes, big or small ones as and when my time allows and the beauty of this is that 100 days do not need to be consecutive. I also like the idea of working like this as I have various different types of paper that I can use and not to be constricted to one sketchbook and one size, and at the end I will collate them together as a portfolio. I have to say that I am really excited about this and have made up my mind that I will complete it, what fun is going to be had ! The picture you see above are my first two small ones which were done really quickly as a kind of warm up, using my Micron pens and pencils, on smooth white drawing paper. I also write on the back the date, number them and medium used, however I think I need to practise cutting my paper in a more straight line these two.


CD…Sandras Garden Oak



Today it is a very blustery, showery afternoon but we are having little bouts of sunshine now and then, which is nice, however the leaves are falling heavily now and I am hankering to do another CD leaf post, so I imagine that will be next in my diary.

This post is dedicated to my friends current finished piece for the diary and it is of an Oak that lives in her garden, so we have the tree, and a few different leaves, along with a branch. Her plan is to do the tree through each of the seasons, which I think is a great idea and look forward to seeing what she does next. I did have to admit that I am useless at drawing trees, so for her first attempt at them I am secretly jealous that she nailed it so well !


Week 6 Scarecrow Trail

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The Uk has had its mini heat wave with temperatures over the last two days getting up to 20 degrees in some places, and the nights have been somewhat muggy. This morning I have woken up to a flat grey day and rain which is more like October I think, so a day for pottering round indoors and creating art.

In some places of the UK we have something called a Scarecrow Trail and it is generally held in October, and the gist of this that people build a Scarecrow of their own and display him/her/couples outside in their gardens and a trail map is created to go visit these Scarecrows and see all the wonderful creations that have been made. Most of these are held in the smaller villages and everyone gets involved with the building of them, great for the kids too. On my travels I have seen some super ones, from a couple sitting on a sofa in a wonderful colourful array of clothes, to a robotic type one, and a whole family of them including a dog. Sadly it does not seem to be as popular as it once was, but I do hope that it will continue on. Traditionally we all know that Scarecrows were put in planted fields by farmers to scare the crows off from eating the seed, and these can still be seen today, however they have also been used as scary monsters in some films and connected to Halloween, which is a much celebrated up and coming holiday. We did also have a very popular program about one called Worzel Gummidge, starring the late John Pertwee, you can read about that here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Worzel_Gummidge_(TV_series)

If you are interested in reading more about it, then just Google it and you will find an array of wonderful images and some of the listed trails here in the Uk and perhaps elsewhere in the world.

This is my very quick and very rough sketch of a traditional one in a field with the obligatory bird perched on the shoulder.