Green and black

May 23, 2012


From last night and a couple of weeks ago. The bottom one was having a go with light from above. I like the neck.
The top one shows the complete absorption kids can have in the telly, so much so they start to turn into a horse.



Not entirely sure what I ‘should’ be doing anymore, but here’s some books.

The High Window and Playback by Raymond Chandler and Best
‘Thinking Machine’ Detective Stories by Jacques Futrelle.

Three bargains from the 50p shelves at Scarthin Books. I’ve read ‘the problem of Cell 13’ story by Futrelle and am savouring the knowledge that I have two unread Chandlers on my shelves waiting to be read.


I finished Hotel Luc by Anita Brookner this weekend, a book I’d forgotten I had bought until I had to empty and then refill all the bookshelves after decorating, and have just started The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht on recommendation (often a gamble).

I’ve also tried to get back to going to the library regularly, primarily to keep pace with children’s avid reading, so Lemony Snickett’s have been through the house, several Horrible Histories and a great book on Heath Robinson, perfect for the child who fills your recycling bin with masses of paper of inventions. Have also had out books on Lucian Freud, Edward Hopper and Turner.

Early on in my blogging career, I was reading Oliver Twist and there was a couple of sentences that really made me chuckle early on. I then couldn’t find it, but I’ve gone back tonight and found it:

“… the young woman burst into another fit of crying, and got so dreadfully hysterical, that a couple of women who came up at the moment asked a butcher’s boy with a shiny head of suet, who was also looking on, whether he didn’t think he had better run for the doctor. To which, the butcher’s boy: who appeared of a lounging, not to say insolent disposition: replied, that he thought not.”

Respect to the Butcher’s boy!

Front and side

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May 2, 2012




My workshop was cancelled on Sunday at the last minute. How disappointing. I did sit down and sketch some family members, but it was a bit too late in the evening and they are too rubbish to post. I have found out there is a real family resemblance when they gawp at the telly as their faces get longer. They basically looked like horse heads with proboscis monkey noses, so here are three from longer ago.


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