Friday, 22 July 2016

Red Roses

Bright red and black rose patterned blouse.



Thursday, 21 July 2016

Scribble

An exercise in loose scribbling. This has a certain quality about it I like.



Tuesday, 19 July 2016

More sweet peas

Another quick sketch of sweet peas in the garden.



Summer Skirt

An attempt to redress the imbalance of too many grumpy old men amongst my drawings.


Monday, 18 July 2016

Sweet Peas

A very messy drawing of some sweet peas. Didn't quite know what I wanted do do, where to start, what brushes to use, how it should look or whether I really should have done something more interesting like reading a book.



Sunday, 17 July 2016

Poppies

The garden has settled down after all the upheaval and landscaping earlier in the year. Many of the flowers are now in full bloom. With a rare warm evening today I actually sat outside to draw one of the many poppies that I have left to flower rather than remove them as weeds.



Saturday, 16 July 2016

Clouds



Perhaps I am just naive in wishing for a vaguely utopian lifestyle. I know it is unachievable but I do try my hardest to be positive, appreciative of fun and laughter and always trying to look on the bright side of life. I am not a social partygoer or the life and soul of conversation though I do enjoy being around people. I value people and do my best to get on and build relationships even if they are just superficial. I aim to be happy and content knowing that I have a faith that requires me to try and improve the environment around me. It is hard work and I know I get it wrong at times because I find it hard to do.

This week I wondered if there has been an external metaphorical dark cloud of negativity that has been following me around for many years. I could almost say that something has been trying to thwart my positive efforts - particularly in a work setting. I am not going to give details but I feel as though I don't often seem able to have people around me whom I enjoy a positive and uplifting rapport. I can only name a couple of people or so who have been a huge positive influence on me and really fired up my energy levels. At the moment I feel I have a challenge on my hands to get rid of this cloud or at least reduce its influence on me. It is so easy for me to be dragged down by the influence this cloud has and I just wish it would blow away. I know I shouldn't allow the thoughts and behaviours of others to influence me but that is easier said than done. I am wondering what to do.



Friday, 15 July 2016

Facebookless

Facebook has always been a source of fascination. Here, regular details of Friends activities can be found with interesting images, photos, videos, quotes, jokes, thoughts and so much more. Great. I could spend hours weaving through what other people have been up to. I enjoyed posting a few pictures every so often and hopefully guiding a few people towards my blogsite and exploring things further there. However, I began to wonder whether this constant deluge of information was actually useful to me.

I was listening to a snippet of Radio 2 the other evening where a lady was being interviewed about the book she had written on introverts and extroverts. Maybe I need to acknowledge more the introvert side of me for a while and not try to force my self to feel that I have to conform to the social media expectations I had placed upon myself. Give it a break. Why not allow myself some freedom from the online chattering of others and focus on what I think and not be influenced by what others think. Find some release from the digital addiction from news and communication that pervades everything around me.

A couple of nights ago when trying to get to sleep my brain was churning over the pros and cons of ditching all the newsfeeds from my 'Friends' for a couple of months. I hardly use Facebook, but even so, the thought of doing so seemed rather frightening and very unsociable. Now I have taken the leap of faith and it is bye bye Facebook - no posting and no reading until October 1st, 2016. Then I will review the situation. I keep encouraging people to look at my blogsite rather than rely on Facebook posts so now that is where I will be devoting my attention. There will be my place of expression and I would rather a few valued people followed me rather than a hoard of people I hardly know or who show no interest in me.

Right then. Off I go.





Coca-cola

For me, drawing has to be fun. If I manage to draw a picture that makes me smile then I feel it is a success. The portrait here may not be an exact representation of the subject, but something made me work very quickly and play with various brushes on the ipad. I may not always be able to comment on what pictures I post because sometimes things appear that may just be inspired by a line, a scribble or a fleeting glimpse of a foot, nose, gesture or pose.


Lips




Thursday, 14 July 2016

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Sketches



Some recent iPad sketches.