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I haven’t done much in the way of drawing for a while, just the odd bit here and there.  I seem finally to have got my sketch groove back on, which is a lovely feeling.

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Some of The Loki Files‘s friends from the park.

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I don’t think I did a review of 2012, but I’m feeling the urge to do one of 2013.  It’s been a funny old year: frustrating in some ways and yet hugely rewarding in others.

January was a quiet month.  I made some beautiful books, and then went to the seaside for a few days…

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With February came snow, but also sunshine and the opportunity to catch up with friends (of the two-legged and four-legged variety).  Bookbinding also went on, and there was some dabbling in machine sewing too.

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March was busy busy busy!  Commissions, an awful lot of sketching, more snow, knitting, and even some redecorating

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April was remarkably warm, filled with seed sowing, gardening, my birthday, and the joyful discovery that sketching dogs is fun!

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May was another hot month, and once more full of gardening and dogs, with the added bonus of the Canal Cavalcade and the Chelsea Flower Show…

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June kicked off with a visit to Kew Gardens, and the fine weather continued throughout the month.  There was a lot of gardening, enjoying the fruits of my labours, and also some new glasses (which I like very much, so you’ll have to excuse the very rare selfie)…

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July was an absolute scorcher, and there were many days spent painting and drawing, harvesting veg and cutting flowers galore, and just generally relaxing in the garden.

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August saw me house and dog sitting for three weeks, which was absolute bliss.  I also got to meet some actors, draw some more dogs, and have a bit of fun with minion illustrations… oh yes, and we found out that we were expecting a puppy!

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The summer finally seemed to come to an end in September, with the weather finally starting to cool off.  Our puppy was born on 9th September, and his birth precipitated a lot of frantic knitting and crocheting!  I also tried dyeing things with elderberries, making things with felt, and visiting our new puppy.

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October saw the start of a warm autumn, and it was a month of quiet crafting (I finally finished my Beekeeper’s Quilt!), and a lot of puppy visiting.  I also learned two new skills: how to make a sari blouse, and how to taxidermy mice

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November was the most exciting month of 2013 for me, because it was when our puppy finally came to live with us!  I also got to masquerade as Santa Claus, and had a stonkingly good time at the Christmas Kensal Flea … but a lot of my time was spent with Loki (whose favourite place to sleep is still on my lap)…

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Finally we made it to December, which was full of bookbinding and other crafts, playtime with the pup (and as you can see, my lap is still his favourite spot for a nap, no matter where we are), and generally just enjoying life.

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Overall 2013 has been a pretty good year.  I’ve made a lot of beautiful things, sold a lot of beautiful things (yay!), and got a beautiful puppy who has brought so much joy into my already happy life.  I just hope that 2014 is as good!

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Well, first sketchblog of 2014 and you will be unsurprised to learn that it’s dog-related.  We looked after Pebbles for four days recently and it was great fun having a friend for Loki to play with – plus we had some friends bring their dogs around for play dates, extra doggy madness!

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A bit of a mixed bag this week… Pebbles has been to the grooming parlour and had his flowing locks clipped, so he’s not quite as much fun to draw at the moment…

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Then I had an unwelcome visitor in my garden, who was nonetheless quite funny to watch (particularly when he couldn’t work out where I’d moved the peanut feeder to)…

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…and finally another attempt at a shiba inu…

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What I’m rapidly learning is that dogs with short hair are much harder to draw than those with long hair!

 

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Ok, I’ll ‘fess up – I am really bored with daffodils now.  I’ve had this bunch in my studio since 11th March and although I’m determined to squeeze another sketch out of them before they go in the compost bin it’s definitely time for a change.  Luckily I had some inspiration this week in the form of a new pen and bottle of ink…

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Thanks must go to my friend Jayne, who sent me this book last month.

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I absolutely loved it, so when my new pen inspired me I decided to have a go at drawing a client’s dog (that wee scrap of a pup is called Pebbles, and he’s a delight and a wee tinker in equal measure!).  My favourite of the four dog sketches is the second, which looks most like him.

More from me next Sunday, and in the meantime why not take a peek and see what Hayley and Jenna have been up to.

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After the rather successful page of mice a couple of weeks ago I thought I’d have a go at drawing dogs, as I had a really lovely day out with a friend and two of her beautiful Shibas last weekend…

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…alas, I clearly need more practice with canine portraits!  I think I’ll have another pop at this using a pencil instead of a biro next time and see if a change of medium helps.  I suspect it might, as the shape of a shiba’s face really comes to life in the contours, and shading with a pencil should make that easier.

In the meantime I hope you’ve had a good week, and don’t forget to stop by and visit Jenna and Hayley to see what they’ve been drawing this week.

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