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Happy new year to you all!

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A special sketchblog post today.  This is a painting I gave to my friends Ginge and Ellie this weekend in celebration of their birthdays (turning a respective 50 and 40).  Ginge is a friend who shares my appreciation of street art and often sends me photos of the interesting pieces he spots.

Happy birthday you two!

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Buckle up, it’s my holiday diary!  We took a rare winter holiday and explored parts of Yorkshire, which was delightful.  I hope you enjoy my ramblings.

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Today we arrived back in London after our annual jaunt to Scotland. Here are the postcards I painted in Orkney, plus one special one from Yorkshire.


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Once upon a time (three years ago, if you want me to be precise) I started trying to learn Italian.  Again.  I had a plan, I’d paint myself a vocabulary guide, thus neatly killing due ucelli with one stone.  Alas the best laid plans of topi e uomini and all that!

I have returned to Italian once more this year, and this time I’m using DuoLingo and it’s going great.  I’m 109 days in and really do feel like I’m retaining the knowledge.  I did, however, add some more paintings to my vocabulary book when I first started using DuoLingo and thought I might as well pop them on here.  I have vague ideas of illustrating some of the odder sentences that the app comes up with (“the penguin eats fruit” – no, no it does not!), because actually I think there’s probably a pretty funny story behind things like “the watch is in the wine” (it had to have been a hell of a party eh?).

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Commissions are always fun, and they’re especially interesting when they take me out of my comfort zone.  At the end of January a friend asked me if I could do an art nouveau style poster of her friend.  She found one she liked the look of and sent me that together with a photo of her friend, and said she wanted her ‘wreathed in bubbles’ and, if at all possible, for the phrase ‘I love it here!’ to be on there somewhere as that’s all her friend had said for her entire birthday weekend in Amsterdam.

Here’s how it went.

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