New job, new people to draw

I started a new phase in my life in September, teaching art to kids with Social Emotional and Mental Health issues (SEMH)

I absolutely love it. The staff are a brilliant and committed bunch and the students are delightfully funny and very challenging. One of my colleagues calls them the ‘little cherubs’ and whilst they are anything but, I shall too!

There are meetings and training sessions to attend and of course my sketchbook goes wherever I go…


Here is a great way to talk to young children about personal safety using a song. The jolly animated video is on the NSPCC website, or you can watch it  here



Some training is more fun than others, but it is all necessary and most of it is useful.


Sometimes I catch a likeness really well (above) more often than not there is only a passing resemblance (below) I just turn the page. It’s only my sketchbook. It’s only practice.


Well now I’ve told you what I’m doing 3 days a week- having a great time working out how to make art accessible and engaging for students with complex emotional needs. But whilst I have been getting to grips with this, several months have gone by! I still have to tell you about my cruise around the med…

Until next time  xx




Weekend away -Dublin

My favourite Ma and I decided to take a little jaunt to Dublin for a long weekend, and where I go, my sketchbook goes too. We ate out at some fantastic and fashionable restaurants…




…but my favourite meal is always breakfast in bed.



Portrait practice

I seem to be more interested in drawing people than architecture and landscapes in my sketchbook. This does not mean that I have any particular skill, my attempts at getting a likeness seem often out of my control. The results vary wildly from appalling to surprisingly pleasing, as can be seen below!


Quick scribbles at school and in waiting rooms. Teenaged boys that I have contact with are going through a worrying phase of having short back and sides with a permed top that makes them look like poodles…




This is a rather good likeness of our friend Amanda. I am happy with this one.



I messed up the mouth on this portrait of my friend John so much that I gave up in disgust.



My dear Ma is ever tolerant of my attempts to capture a likeness. I haven’t managed it yet, which I put down to her having a square head. Nothing to do with me. Oh no.squarehead2



With a sketchbook, one is never bored. Waiting is just another opportunity to do a character study.