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words, walking, ink and inspiration

It’s 15 days into NaNoWriMo, and I am comfortably on par which makes a rather nice change. Usually around this time of the year it’s summer for me and my brain has effectively melted, but this year I am on Scottish Seasonal Time, so I am rather enjoying the crispness, the colours, and the fact that every room in the house has a heater. (So not like SA, where I just froze in winter because no one believes in heated houses.)

I took a walk down to Inverkeithing today and I love how the seasons are so different. There’s no doubt that summer is well over and that winter has its claws out.

I love how these trees still have their very last leaves, like embroidery on a cuff. #autumn #trees

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The colours are what get me though: flame oranges and deepest reds, berries crimson, bright translucent red, clusters of white globes, rose hips like fat contented octopuses, the deep dusky violet browns of faded hydrangeas and the stark trees, black and silver.

#Autumn colour

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Inspired by artists like Jackie Morris and Emma Mitchell, I’ve been working on my drawing again. I’ve set myself to do one small nature study a day, and it’s quite soothing. It’s been giving me a sense of accomplishment to have actually drawn something, however small.

Daily study #art #ink #illustration #leaves #sketchbook

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I’m hoping that my drawing practice is going to help my writing. Art is about attention to detail, and good writing comes alive in the details, in the specificity of the language.  Here’s to creative cross-training and future results and present happiness.


Starting arting


I am pretty slack when it comes to art. mainly because I find art yanno, hard. 😛 Which is dumb, because I find writing hard too and that doesn’t stop me. Not for long, anyway.

So I’ve begun a project I’m calling art365, which is basically to make a piece of art everyday for a year. It doesn’t have to be amazing, huge, or professional. It needs to exist. It can be a sketch, a doodle, a painting, a piece of folded paper. As long as I have created something that I consider art, my goal is met.

I’m two days in, and so far I’ve played with oil pastels and sharpie.


Day 1: Neither Fish Nor Fowl.

As you can see, I’ve not really used oil pastel before, and I didn’t realise that lighter colours do not show over the dark ones. 😛 So I learned something there.



Day 2: Lils and Nala.

This was just a quick sharpie sketch from the climax of WtSiRR, mainly because I love Lils and Nala so much and I couldn’t think of anything else to draw. I don’t often do figures because um..lol HARD. I hope by the end of the year I am better at them.


If anyone decides to join in, let me know, I’d love to see what you do.