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A Pencil drawing of a man surfing
When visiting the beautifully picturesque village of Staithes I was thrilled to see some surfers riding the waves. I was a long way out but took some reference photo's using maximum zoom on my Sony H9. The rolling white water and wind swept spray provided an interesting challenge.


A Pencil drawing of a train engine made from logs
This 'Train' planter was made by my 93-year old father. He 'knocked it together' from some old pieces of plywood and a few recently pruned tree branches and twigs. I couldn't make this at MY age, let alone his. In the course of time the wood will rot away, but the drawing will live on.

Train Planter

A Pencil drawing of a Zebra
I drew this from a photograph I took in 2007. I'd like to tell you I was on safari at the time but the truth is I had taken the family to Woburn Safari Park. I was delighted when a herd of Zebra strolled across our path.


A Pencil drawing of an old shed in a field
This old shed was copied from a photo taken by a good friend of mine during his visit to the UK. He came across it near Copse Hill and was captivated by it's old rustic character.

Old Shed

A Pencil drawing of a Leopard
It's been a while since I last attempted to draw an animal but as soon as I saw the photograph of this Leopard I just knew I had to tackle it.


A Pencil drawing of John Wayne dressed as a cowboy
My subject this time comes from a completely different era to my previous portrait. John Wayne was one of film hero's many years ago in my younger days. I know he played a wide variety of characters but I always tend to think of him as a cowboy.

John Wayne

A Pencil drawing of Captain Jack Sparrow
Feeling reasonably pleased with some of my recent drawings I decided it was time to step outside my comfort zone and attempt a portrait. I chose to draw Johnny Depp in his character as Captain Jack.

Jack Sparrow

A Pencil drawing of a Herring Gull
As I was strolling along the beach, I saw him ... and he saw me. I took many photo's of this charming character as he paddled at the waters edge and he seemed almost as inquisitive of what I was doing as I was about him.

Herring Gull

A Pencil drawing of part of the Castle Wall in Chester
Visiting Chester recently I was amazed to find that it's possible to walk the entire circumference of the town centre, on top of the old castle wall. There are places where the wall is quite high and those where it is at normal ground level. This is the stretch of wall at the rear of the Cathedral, looking north.

Castle Wall, Chester

A Pencil drawing of an old church
Driving along a quite country land in Co. Kerry, Ireland I unexpectedly came across this semi-ruined church. It was intriguing because the back wall, where I imagine there was once a stained-glass window, was caved in and yet the graveyard looked recently used.

Irish Church

A Pencil drawing of an Elephant
A baby elephant adopted by a good friend of mine.

Emily Kate

A Pencil drawing of an apple
One of the many drawing projects in my art forum.

An Apple

A Pencil drawing of an old doorway
A 4-pillar doorway.


A Pencil drawing of a Sempervivens rosette
A Pencil drawing of a Sempervivens rosette


A Pencil drawing of a pair of Wine glasses
A Pencil drawing of a pair of Wine glasses. This was an experiment in drawing glass.

Wine Glasses

A Pencil drawing of a Butcher Bird
A Pencil drawing of a Butcher Bird. These songbirds are native to Australasia and are closely related to the Australian Magpie.

Butcher Bird

A Pencil drawing of a military nurse holding an injured soldiers hand
In November of 2007, a new monument was added to the large number of monuments already situated at the National Memorial Arboretum in central England. The memorial consists of large walls engraved with the names of all military personel who have lost their lives since the end of World War 2. Within the confines of the walls are two magnificent statues. They both depict the loss and suffering of the men in the armed forces and their families. This drawing is of just one small part of one of those sculptures.

War Memorial

A Pencil drawing of an old car
This beautiful old car was hired by me to transport my elderly parents to their 60th Wedding Anniversary. They loved travelling in luxury and arriving in style.

1930's Beauford Convertible

A Pencil drawing of a horse
I don't know the real name of this gorgeous horse but, in view of his splendid colouring, I refer to him as 'Chestnut'. I came across him as I walked out in the countryside one cold and frosty January morning and was grateful that I'd thought to take my camera along. I also used the photo of 'Chestnut' as the subject for a Monthy Drawing Project in my forum.


A Pencil drawing of a jacket hung over a chair
In the mood for experimenting with textures I tossed my jacket over the back of a dining chair to see if I could show the difference between its suede exterior and its shiny silky lining. The end result is not displeasing.


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