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Portrait of a Legend

On May 1st 1994, I was out half the day at an open karate competition. Being from Tae Kwon-Do where you can only do touch contact it was going to be a tough competition. It was the first competition my grandma came to watch and I pretty much had my nose broken. Great. Thanks for coming Grandma. All those easy wins and you couldn’t show up to those lol.

On the way home I was anxious to catch up with the Grand Prix. I don’t know why we didn’t set it to record. Now I’m glad we didn’t. As I sat on the couch the news came on and gave me the biggest shock of my life. The rest is history but even watching the first part of this video I have learned something I didn’t already know. Senna used to live in England. Fancy that.

Every year I think I’ll do his portrait and every year I think I can’t do it. This was my first attempt this year:

Doesn’t even resemble him.

And this is my second:

I’m hoping a book I’m reading called Sketching in 5 Minutes will help me. I’m determined to draw the Leafs next. Inspired as always by Jill who is doing great with portraits and Nora McPhail who rocks the cafe sketching.

I know there are guys out there who only paint cows and even only use one medium, say oils, but it really is good to experiment and broaden your skill set.
If Senna had retired and turned to art, I bet he would have learnt it all. He was a master of focus, passion and commitment. His legacy will forever live on.

R.I.P. Senna

Selfie Art Day


Thanks to Yvette blogging her selfie I was reminded it was SelfieArt Day today. I love her pencil rendering, it looks like a black and white photo.

I went for the opposite look. A finger painting with kids’ paints. Maybe next time I’ll use dog hair and snail slime lol.

Would love to see more blogging friends do a selfie.

Someone remind me about bird day 8th please. I’ve missed a few of those. Just think by then the kids will be back in school.

We’ve been visiting my friend’s grandchild in hospital a lot. So cute! I can’t get on the wifi there which is quite refreshing I suppose.

Happy creating!

Catherine ๐ŸŽจ


Selfie Art Day!

Thanks to Susan sharing her selfie today I thought I’d have a go too.

I don’t know why but it won’t let me share this whole photo so I’m split in two ๐Ÿ˜

20160524_154352~2~4~2And here is a very quick not at all the same watercolor pencil of it:


And here it is after I added water:


Too bad they are trimmed and on the side. WordPress is switching things up for me lol.

The eyes are too far apart and many more things wrong with it. I’ll set an alarm for the next time so I’m prepared. It still might be rubbish. Don’t hold your breath but do hold a paintbrush!

Happy creating!

Catherine ๐Ÿ’™๐ŸŽจ๐Ÿ’™


Leggings available hereย in my Society6 store. There is a search tool so if you type in leggings you can choose from loads.



Portrait Practise

Okay so the rest of March I’m going to practise drawing.

Here is my son. I’ll do a full length for tomorrow:

20160303_184545Happy creating! ๐ŸŽจ (more…)


One a Day: Selfie Art

Thanks to the lovely Teresa at One Good Thing and Kirk of Dumb Sketch Daily for starting Selfie day.

All you have to do is post a self-portrait on your blog and tweet it with the hashtag #SelfieArt @teresarobeson.

Here’s mine. I went a bit heavy under the eyes I must have felt tired at the time ๐Ÿ˜‰ย  like experimenting with lots of shading on a portrait one time and then minimal shading and see what a difference it makes. Next time I’ll try more shading and us pencilย for softer lines.

Have a great day!



One a Day: Gwen


I’ve wanted to draw Gwen for the longest time and with The Voice just around the corner it might just be ready in time.

I hope to do Pharrell too sometime.

Pat will be excited The Voice is coming up. Anyone else?


One a Day: Melissa McCarthy


Thanks WordPress you have a great sense of humor. I tried to turn it honestly.


How many people watch Mike & Molly? It’s my favorite show.

Melissa is also a seriously bad-ass actress in a number of movies. Her latest, Spies is hilarious!

And bless her she has a brand new clothes line out for larger ladies to feel great. So empowering! Go Melissa.


One a Day: Cilla Black


Thinking of Cilla this week and what a fab entertainer/singer she was.

Sorry I didn’t measure the facial features. It’s not the best likeness.


One a Day: Jules Bianchi


The eyes aren’t as wonky as usual but the ears aren’t the same size so that makes up for it lol. Still shocked this young driver is no longer with us.



#JulesForever #Jules


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