I’m sat here with a cup of tea thinking it’s got very chilly all of a sudden and wondering where the last few weeks have gone! This morning it was dark outside at 7.30 and at the weekend there was a frost on the car – winter is here and I don’t like it.

Despite its obvious inconveniences, though, winter does have some advantages. Like feeling all warm and snuggly in a cosy Totnes café last weekend with my dad, holed up with a slice of cake, pot of tea and our sketchbooks. We were planning to sit outside and paint down by the river, but we’re big softies really and couldn’t bear the cold.

Totnes Cafe watercolour

My little painting from that day needs a bit more work, but I’m not sure I’ll ever get round to it. Even incomplete, it’s a nice memory to have in my sketchbook and when I showed it to my toddler son I was pleased to hear him shout out “cake!” in appreciation of the subject of my masterpiece!

As the café filled up, dad and I moved on to the church of St. Mary which promised another warm place to draw. I was intimidated by the beautiful architecture and stained glass windows, so instead of trying to cram in loads of detail, I decided to focus on the ornate chandelier hanging from the ceiling.

Chandelier pen and ink

Rusty chain watercolour

Next is a piece which took me slightly longer. I took inspiration from the topic ‘rust and decay’ which was the focus of my local art group during our last session. Sam took a photo of a rusty chain on a beach while we were on holiday in Cornwall this year, and I thought the seaweed in the background fitted the decay part of the topic perfectly.

Rusty chain watercolour

I built this piece up in layers and used masking fluid to keep the shiny areas white. It was a challenge but a very enjoyable piece to paint, and a nice addition to my sketchbook.

Rusty Chain watercolour

Rusty chain watercolour

My sketchbook is looking rather full now, and I’m planning to do a ‘sketchbook tour’ over on my YouTube channel when it’s complete. I’m also thinking of making the contents into a zine or hand bound book to sell in my Etsy shop. I have no idea how much this would cost and what price I could sell it for, but would anybody be interested, or does anyone have any experience doing something similar.

That’s all for today folks, I love to read your comments so please drop me a line below! Until next time, ta ta for now!

I’m sharing this post on the following blogs: Handmade Harbour and Paint Party Friday!

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