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New sticker designs for ARG UK!

New sticker designs for ARG UK!

New sticker designs!  Introducing Frieda Frog, Thom Toad and Niamh Natterjack!  These stickers will be available from ARG UK for volunteer amphibian and reptile groups to take to public events, alongside the existing set.  To find out more go to the Amphibian and Reptile Groups UK educational resources webpages.

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival 中秋節快樂!

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival 中秋節快樂!

Discovered this gem by Andrew Haslen https://andrewhaslen.com/. Mr Haslen is well known for his beautiful linocuts and watercolours of hares and the moon which would be perfect for the moon festival. However, I personally love this image of a singing yellowhammer as I enjoyed studying these chirpy chaps for my master’s thesis.  Happy Mid-Autumn Festival 中秋節快樂! …

Sneak preview of new ARG educational materials

Sneak preview of new ARG educational materials

After taking a lot longer than I’d hoped, and more late nights than I care to mention, I am pleased to have finally finished a set of artwork for educational materials for reptile and amphibian charity, ARG UK. There will be new factsheets, black and white colouring sheets and stickers. Watch this space, or go…

Digital sketching fun!

Digital sketching fun!

  If you like sketching, you must try this! Had a hilarious evening with family on a competitive sketching computer game, Drawful!  I’d describe this game as childish fun for grown-ups, teens or older children.  I am not the most techo-minded and don’t really do computer games, but this was brilliant fun! I think it’s…

Bird sketching day with Mike Langman at Occombe Farm

Bird sketching day with Mike Langman at Occombe Farm

We spent a beautiful Sunday honing our drawing skills to capture the essence of birds on a bird sketching day with artist Mike Langman at Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust’s Occombe Farm. My mission was to learn how to sketch like a pro and speed up the drawing. I’m a fan of both Mike’s artwork…

Children’s book illustration workshop at RAMM

Yesterday, yes, I was inspired! Thanks to Exeter Illustrators, Tom McLaughlin, Paul Cherrill and Clare Elsom for their wonderful insight, good humour, and guidance through the world of children’s book illustration at a workshop at the RAMM. They gave me valuable creative and technical advice, whilst we sketched throughout the day. I came away feeling…

Educational resources for Amphibian and Reptile Groups UK

Painted in Devon, spotted in Kinross, Scotland!  At an event run by Fife ARG.

Educational resources for Amphibian and Reptile Groups UK

            Long time no paint! Family life with two toddlers and day job have not left much time for much time for painting, or anything else. However I am pleased to say, with a lot of help from grandparents and hubby, I managed to squeeze in time to do some…

Wall mural: Haytor Bluebells & Wild Garlic – the end!

After 14mths break, I decided I must finish this mural, sooner rather than never! And finally, after another 5 hours, I have finished the unfinished animals, ie the buzzard, dipper, stoat and red admiral. Yes, i would love to do more, ie a swallow, swifts, amongst others, but I found it very tricky getting the…

Wall mural: Haytor Bluebells & Wild Garlic – almost the end!

I’m afraid there will be no more mural postings for a while 🙁 at least a month or two… This week I added honeysuckle flowers, a dormouse and a half finished red admiral – approximately 3.5 hours in total.  By which point two things happened, which has meant a temporary stop to mural works. a)…