Thursday, July 14, 2016

Eastbury Manor

I drew this view from life, on a warm May day in Compton, near Guildford, in the UK, using a Copic brush pen and a handful of Pigma Microns.

The manor, a red brick pile crowned by a forest of chimneys, is now a retirement home. The triangular spire behind it belongs to the ancient church of Saint Nicolas, whose old graveyard overlooks the retirement home's gardens.

Monday, July 11, 2016

The wreck in the harbour - Dracula arrives in England

A ship founders under the steep sides of the English town of Whitby. It was here that Dracula came to Britain in the late 1890s, aboard the Russian ship Demeter, and that's what I was thinking about when I made the picture.

I used a modern version of Whitby, however - the one I saw a few years back. This is the view, more or less, looking down on the town from the ruined abbey on the north shore.

Monday, July 4, 2016

never on time

I drew and painted this many years ago now, on a spare piece of cardboard. It was done quickly, because my model had places to be.

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.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

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.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

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.