Monday, 5 September 2011


It's five days until my 47th Birthday.  Over the last two years I've been playing with a free website provider and I've come to one conclusion, blogger is vastly superior to very free provider I've looked at.  So, it's bye bye website and hello more blogger.  I do get slightly anal about stuff at times so the keep everything neat I will be running 5 blogs.  Bangs Twitches will be bird and nature drawings and eventually a shop, sketching urbanely will be where I post urban sketches done while wearing a smoking jacket and calling everyone dahling, Inclined to Ramble will be thoughts and ramblings on life and the Universe, September Roads will be any drawings and comics I feel inclined to post and finally, Blues in the Dark will be reviews and thoughts on the fictional worlds, inspired by the excellent "To busy thinking about my comics".  I'll include links back and forth as and when they're of any use. 

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

more sketching action

The meet the animals barn from Manor Farm

White cat in a dark window

trying out a thicker pen

with added colour


Thursday, 7 July 2011

cave time

Apparently, much to my surprise, I am a "people" person.  I like the company of others, I communicate well and empathise well.  In short I am not the man I thought myself to be.  However I am prone to what my wife calls "cave time", when I want to retreat into my cave, paint on the wall with my hands and club anyone who invades my personal space.  Cave time has been less intense over the last couple of years but because of some emotionally draining events at moment it's come back with a vengeance.

One thing that often helps lift me out of it is drawing and unfortunately I'm really struggling with that too at the moment.  I will get out of this because I always do and also because Karen, my lovely and patient wife, will not let me wallow too long without applying her dainty size four walking boot to my posterior.
Now back to the dark recesses of my cave.

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

A whole passel of new sketches

After a bit of a dry spell, artists block I guess, where nothing came out or came out right whenever I put pen to paper, the last week has seen a flurry of activity and here's the first batch.
A young dad in the park for football with his toddler

Cyclist and friend again.  I just love the postures that suggest they're sharing juicy gossip

Again with this woman it was the shockingly bad posture.

A Dad and son in the carpark at The Range.

Sentry.  One of these storage places that seem to have sprung up everywhere.

Some pretty pink flowers, I will add watercolour to these.

My son, Harry, feeding chickens 

and, like a book-end, another Dad, post football with his toddler.

Thursday, 16 June 2011

New post, old pictures

Not had much opportunity for drawing out and about recently.  I've been supporting my wife through some tough studying times, coming to the end of her Msc in Ergonomics, and been busy with some other things too.  While tidying out a cupboard of art materials I did find a bunch of old sketches.  The watercolour was done in a little town called Ringwood, in the middle of the New Forest and home to an excellent brewery.  The remainder were done in one afternoon around Netley, my village of birth.

Monday, 6 June 2011

sketchbook two way challenge

I've just been looking at Dan Kent's 2'n'fro blog where he and another artist are passing a sketchbook back and forth to complete each others pictures.  It looks like a lot of fun and a great exercise and I'd love to give it a go if I can find a willing and reliable other to take part. check out Dan's site and if you fancy giving this a go leave a comment or contact me through my blogger account profile.  If there's a lot of interest I may try putting people in touch with each other.

Thursday, 26 May 2011

last lot for today

Over the garden fence

over the in-laws garden hedge

All that's left of the old toilet block

More drawings

lady shopper over aborted pencil drawing

a cup of joe.

Cyclist and friend in the school playground

on the phone

Birds and bees (and a pig and a rabbit too)sleeping Pig at Manor Farm

Sleeping pig at Manor Farm

Goose looking like a Henry Moore statue

Drunken Bee drawn after reading Jay Hosler's Clan Apis

Nanny's Rabbit

An evening with Philip Yancey

The evening was so good I got very little sketching done.  However, here's what I did get.
This was the set for a sketch about Corrie Ten Boom's interview with a Nazi Officer

This was an attempt to capture Philip Yancey.  He was built for caricature and I'm no caricaturist

This was a lady watching from the balcony

This was the man hosting the evening, who's name escapes me.
Yancey is an engaging speaker who echo's the doubts, questions and failings most of us have.  He doesn't pretend to have all the answers but has a knack for identifying people who can be held up as examples of how Christian we could be, without ignoring their failings too.

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Church Ikea and sofa

Molly on our visit to the Church of Ikea.

Karen checking her music before starting to play.

Harry at Nanny Notnot's.  Drinking Grandads pop and watching his TV

Will the harmonica player at church.

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

oh no, watercolours

Bravely decided to add some washes to a couple of the sketches I did today.  Always makes me nervous when I start in with the watercolours.
postbox at the library

Bitterne Cemetery

Strange box at the bottom of our road

Monday, 11 April 2011

Sketch update

PC and scanner have been unavailable for a while because my wife has been spending every waking moment on there studying for her msc module on stress and ergonomics.  Now that's past so I can do this.
Riverside Park again

the anderson shelter in my parents garden

A daisy

New Forest Wildlife Park, European Eagle Owl

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

After a busy week

It's been a busy week, I was speaking at Church for the first time on Sunday and figuring out what I was going to say took an awful lot of time.  This week though it's been back to  normal and managed to fit in three fairly decent sketches so far.
My late father was an extremely clever man who sometimes didn't think things through quite 
far enough.  Having moved from an old fashioned washing line to a rotary one, he decided that rather than digging out the concreted in pole he would attach a couple of bird houses to it.  Nice idea.  Then he put a wooden seagull on top of it that frightened off any bird that might have made use of them. 
This is a rotary clothes line.

This is my daughter's school.  Big, red brick and probably Victorian with some later add ons.

And this is the cleverly placed sweet shop, next door to the school.