Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Saint Nicolas's church in Compton

I had to sit in the furthest corner of the church yard in order to get a wide enough view of the building and graves. It's the Romanesque church dedicated to Saint Nicolas in the small village of Compton, near Guildford, in Surrey in the UK.

It's small but rather heavyset church, and very old. Some of its stonework is allegedly Anglo-Saxon (that is, preceding the Norman conquest of Britain in 1066), and while a lot of places make that claim, it looks pretty convincing here. Most of the fabric is probably 12th century, however, with beautiful Romanesque arches. It also has, rather usually, a Leper's hole.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Jamison at work #2

I found I had another sketch of Jamison, also done during work time. Although by work time, I mean listening to presentations.

It was done with a Pigma micron pen.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Jessica studies

A small sketch done from life (at a presentation on medieval literature) in a minute or two.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Reading at home

I painted this watercolour from life in about an hour and a half. Not long enough, as you can see.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Saturday, May 14, 2016

unfinished sketch

Jesse drawn from life with a Copic brush pen. Obviously, I ran out of time.

Thursday, May 12, 2016


Sometimes you see an opportunity and grab whatever materials are at hand. Thus this sketch, done with acrylic on a piece of printer paper.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Saturday, April 30, 2016

mountain goat

That's what it is.

One of a series of animal-themed cards I made to thank people who assisted with our first child. It takes a village. They all got a card.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Torre del Gallo

The Torre del Gallo broods over the hills to the south of Florence. Despite its impressive medieval ambience, it is a modern invention - although there was a castle on the hilltop, that in the 13th century controlled the road to Impruneta. But the tower was built around 1905, and has been through some vicissitudes since. In WWII, it was briefly a prison camp.

I made this watercolour on site, in early May.

Friday, April 22, 2016

you will learn to obey

Drawn from life on Taryn's living room floor, with some sigma microns, a china marker, and a sharpie.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

The isle of the dead in the Venetian lagoon

I took a seat on the north-east edge of Venice and made this post-card sized sketch of the city's cemetery island. Relatively recent by Venetian standards, the cemetery was founded adjacent to the old abbey of San Michele, which gave the island its name.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Affronted in front

I drew it from life with a Copic brush pen, and two china markers, in about 30 minutes.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016


I made a series of thank-you cards for the many people who stepped up to help when my daughter was born. This was one of them.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The path in the woods

A watercolour sketch of the woods adjacent to San Miniato, just south of Florence.

Sunday, March 20, 2016


Drawing fast with a Copic marker. The model couldn't hold her arm up for long.

Saturday, March 19, 2016