Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Silver Strands

First of all an apology to those of you I've confused with my new blog. I've decided to return to this one as it's the one you all know (and hopefully love !) Normal posting will resume here and I'm planning to post much more regularly than I have in the past.

So what have I been up to?

 At the weekend we found ourselves near Castle Combe.

 It's a very pretty village in south of the cotswolds in Wiltshire and has been used as a film location for various films: Doctor Doolittle, Warhorse and one of my favourite films, Stardust.

A path in the churchyard led us to the very beautiful hotel there, the Manor House Hotel.

This picture shows just a small section of the building. I love the rooftops with all their finials and gables. There's something about old rooftops that intrigues me, no idea why but I could stare at them for ages.

Back at home I've been continuing with my morning doodles,

 this one is based on the image 'The Fool'. Yes, it's been that kind of a week. ;)
One morning I woke to the beautiful sunshine streaming through the window but soon became stopped in my tracks when I looked in the mirror and saw to my surprise some silver strands in my hair!

With the mixture of gold and silver on the top of my head I felt like a christmas decoration and it wasn't a good feeling I can tell you!

This was a few days ago and I'm getting used to it now so I'm over the shock you'll be pleased to know. I was worried that each day I'd get more until I was totally white but so far it's still the same. ;) I think it must have been like that for a while and it was only the bright sun that showed them up.

*The mug in the top photo is one of the designs from my Society6 shop. To see more of my mugs please click here. :)

Thankyou so much for your visit here today, I wish you a very happy rest of the week. xx

Monday, 1 February 2016

Drawing Again

I'm working on an illustration project at the moment but it involves more serious drawing than my usual style so a bit of drawing practice was in order!
I've set myself a task of making a doodle each morning.

I've also joined the sketch-a-day group run by Ruthie on Facebook and this week the topic is insects.

I copied this from a photo of a stag beetle. I couldn't have done it from life, they scare the bejeepers out of me! It's done in pen and watercolour.

Meanwhile out in the garden, I woke to a coating of pretty frost.
Last winter it was so mild I didn't see any frost in the garden at all so it was a surprise to see the pretty white coating on my rosebud.

Icicles are so pretty aren't they?

Even the poor primroses had their share.

As I write this post today, the frost has gone and believe it or not the flowers have survived!
It's still quite cold but that won't stop me going to the beach.

I found a lovely smiley pebble. Isn't he cute!
I love watching he waves too so I decided to make a little video.....

I hope you enjoyed sharing a few moments with me by the seaside.
See you again soon.xx

Tewkesbury Abbey and Some Doodling

This top picture I started by drawing a circle within a circle. I found that having a particular shape to fill was easier than filling a rectangle which is the usual shape for a picture isn't it?

Would you like to see some more pages from my sketchbook that were done in the past few days?

Here's a 2 page spread where I used just black pen and experimented with different shapes and patterns.

The painting on the lefthand page was copied from a book about Beatrix Potter that I'm reading at the moment, from one of the illustrations of her watercolour studies. Since she was very young she did many studies from nature, the book has loads of lovely illustrations of her early work as well as the more well known paintings. I should blog about it one of these days but for those of you who can't wait that long ;) it's called Beatrix Potter, 188-1943, The Artist and her World. Published for the National Trust by F.Warne & Co.

Here are some close up pictures from my sketchbook.

Yesterday it was cold and rainy and I didn't want to stay in all day so we decided to visit Tewkesbury and have a wander around the town.
 It was very cold!
So we went into the Abbey and saw the beautiful interior.

I first noticed the beautiful ceiling with various interesting stone carvings in the pattern. 

 Each ceiling boss had an intricately carved angel playing a musical instrument.
 These pictures were taken from some distance with my shaky hands and humble camera so forgive the blurriness!

The heater inside the Abbey was quite spectacular! It was lovely to see the lovely victorian radiator still being used.

It was great to see the enormous pipes of the organ. I wouldn't like to stand here while it's playing though, it would probably blow me back out of the door!

Beauty all around....

Thankyou for visiting today! xx

Friday, 1 January 2016


It's soon time to take down my exhibition in Dartmouth.
I was very happy to sell one of my big paintings!

2015 ended with a fantastic family christmas.

It was a crazy few days, noisy, busy but so lovely having everyone together!
After everyone had returned home, we spent a couple of days of quietness in a beautiful place.

I enjoyed the view while Middle Daughter looked for kelp to use in a recipe.

New year's Eve was my birthday and we had a day out at Lyme Regis. It had rained most of the day but just before sunset the sky cleared and I was rewarded with a beautiful sky.

 What a lovely end to the year.

Happy new year to you!
Thankyou for visiting my blog. ♥ 
I wish you the very best for 2016, may it bring you everything you hope and dream. xx

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Christmas Eve Eve.

Happy Christmas Eve Eve to you! I'm popping by very quickly just to share a few pics because it's a very busy time here as I'm sure it is for you too!

We managed to have a relaxing walk in Torquay at the weekend, a brief rest from all the busy errands.

 The weather's so mild here at the moment, a bit windy but not the usual cold December weather.

It was lovely to see so many cormorants. They seem to come nearer the land these days don't they?

 Back at home we're just about ready.

I won't have time to blog again this side of Christmas so I'd like to wish you a very merry christmas! I hope you have a wonderful time!
Jess xx

Saturday, 19 December 2015

Coleton Fishacre at Christmas

Duke Street, Dartmouth, near to where my exhibition is.

I love this time of year with both Christmas and my birthday coming up. The days since my exhibition have been spent decorating the house ready for the big day. I've got all my children coming this year so I'm particularly excited about it! I'll upload some pics in my next post. :)

We had a visit to Coleton Fishacre yesterday evening to see the christmas-bedecked house and garden.

When I arrived, I realised that I'd forgotten to put the memory card back in my camera so I had to take the photos with my phone, hence the fuzziness but here are the pics anyway!

These little snowy creatures were all in a line along the fireplace of the library. Modern snowmen don't seem to be pipe smokers any more do they?! I love how they all wear hats and carry a cane or an umbrella too. A cane, a pipe and a hat, all essential items in the olden days!

The house and garden look very different to when I blogged about it here don't they? The trees look a bit spooky!

See you next time.
 Happy christmas decorating! xx