Andrew Reading, Ink

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This was the last day of the Christmas holiday and I sketched Andrew reading a book. I like to challenge myself to use ink, which doesn’t allow for many adjustments. Having a sketch book with me when I am out and about means that I can do quick studies when I see an interesting subject.

Tree At Forgan, Ink

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Yesterday was a lovely sunny day. I took a walk in the fields near where I live armed with my sketch book and gloves. I have found the fingerless gloves invaluable when it comes to sketching in the cold. My fingers are free to move while sketching. I liked the views you could see around this lovely old tree. The sun was helping to keep me warm.

Puffins, Isle Of May, Watercolour Wax Pastel Sketch

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Saturday I went to the Isle of May sailing from Anstruther. The highlight is always to see the puffins. I sat next to them and enjoyed sketching away as you can see from the photo taken of me at work. They all seem to have their very own personalities. Some had lots of sand-eels in their beaks. Great day and a treat to enjoy the puffins company. The first sketch is done with permanent ink and Neocolor watersoluble wax pastels. When I got home and had more time I added the water to the picture. You can see how vibrant the colours are after the water has been used.

Lendalfoot Beach, Ayrshire, Pencil and Ink Sketch

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I have been away to the Ayrshire coast getting inspiration for new paintings. I have uploaded a sketch done very quickly at Lendalfoot. My husband took a picture of me while I was sketching and in the distance you can see Ailsa Craig where granite was quarried to make curling stones. The weather was sunny however very very windy and icy cold. You would never guess it was summer!! More sketches to be posted over the next few days.