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Do you sketch?

If you do, do you sketch every day? It’s totally addictive. I used to take a paperback with me if I knew I was going somewhere that involved a wait. Nowadays I bring my lovely Venetian Fabriano sketchbook with me everywhere. And I use it. And I find that practice, while not making perfect, makes me looser and more direct in my drawing. I’ve speeded up and that’s helping with my observation skills.

So, if you are interested in drawing, perhaps you are just starting out, go get a sketch book, get some pens and pencils and go and LOOK at something and get it down on paper.

I read somewhere that if you don’t want passers-by to stare you go sit with your back against the wall. Then they can’t hover behind you! I’ve tried it. It works.


A busy week with birthdays, flowers and spray paint

I spy

I am in (one of my) home towns, having a reflective weekend. So I got to thinking about what things I could find that would immediately signal where I was to somebody who knew the place. What is the mundane but also iconic? And here are some of my snaps. Plus a selfie…I know, get me.


My first post as Pollie….where will this site take me I wonder. Stitch This changed my life. It saw me move from business consultancy to artist and quilt seller. It saw my family grow from two to four. It charted my creeping Parkinson’s. And it has introduced me to new friends, skills and ideas. Pollie has a lot to live up to. But then, don’t we all.

If you are reading this after following the link from Stitch This, thank you. I hope you will stick with me. Let’s see where we can get to this time.