Pilot whale sketch

I am reviving my regular sketchbook practice. Once a week minimum is my aim. This is not the best photo, I’m afraid, but the light has turned against me.

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Common dolphin

Quick sketch to remind myself I can still draw. Really trying to be disciplined and finish editing my novel before attempting any more big art projects.

It’s been too long since I’ve seen dolphins, with a bit of luck hopefully that will change in the summer!



I asked permission to use one of The Foraging Photographer’s beautiful photos months ago (thank you!) and decided it was high time I took up the challenge. You can find more inspiring photos here.

It’s been far too long since I drew something that I could start and finish within a few hours.

Work in progress

It’s been a while since I’ve done enough drawing to make my hand ache. As this piece is taking me so long, I thought I’d take a picture of my work in progress.

Orcas feeding. Probably got another 6-7 hours work to go but I’m pleased so far.


Deep sea octopus

Today is not a good day, plans have been cancelled, lots of painkillers taken. Trying not to get too doom and gloom about it all and step one is remembering the productive things I’ve done throughout the rest of the week including drawing this little octopus.

I have a lot on over the next few weeks but I’m hoping to be able to draw a few more little creatures rather than attempting anything on a larger scale.



My biggest, most ambitious and most challenging commission to date. I absolutely loved creating this, the hours just melted away.

I am really proud and pleased with the finished article, and I hope it summons that summer spirit of circling, screaming swifts.

It has now gone to its new home, I hope it makes the owner happy and brings some sunshine into every day.



It’s no secret that I am captivated by butterflies and fritillaries are my favourites. A friend very excitedly told me that she’d had a lovely hour with some recently and I thought I would celebrate our mutual joy by painting her something.

Good colour practice for me and I’m pretty pleased with the result.



As often happens when I haven’t drawn for a while, my treacherous brain starts to convince me that I can’t, maybe I never could and certainly will never do so again. All lies designed to minimise the pain of disappointment if I take pen to paper and I fail.

This time, before the doubting could paralyse me completely, I reached out to my loving friends and asked them to push me back to the place of quiet courage from which all creativity is born.

Over the next few nights I was able to draw these.