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Sawyer’s Deer

Today’s face: Sawyer’s Deer, inspired by Sktchy and the Old School Sktchy WAX fauna challenge.

Drawn in a Hannehmühle Nostalgie sketchbook with coloured pencils.


Faye’s penguin

Today’s face: Faye’s penguin, inspired by Sktchy and the Old School Sktchy Wax bird challeng.

Drawn in a Moleskine sketchbook with a Pelikan m200 fountain pen , Copic markers and Posca pens.


Parker

Today’s face: Parker, inspired by Sktchy.

Drawn on an iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil using the Procreate app.


Trust in Nature

I’m not posting a face today. I volunteer from time to time at the National Trust’s Saddlescombe Farm in East Sussex for a project called Trust in Nature & when I was there today I was “volunteered” to decorate a large green box which holds all the wellbeing resources. My favourite thing about the farm is the sheep so I started by painting a sheep on the box, and then a feather I found on a shelf nearby. It was the perfect way to spend a day, painting by the fire, while others collected natural materials and decorated the Christmas tree behind me.

Trust in Nature grew out of the wonderful Grow Project, an ecotherapy project also based at Saddlescombe Farm for people who have experienced mental health difficulties and feel they would benefit from time in nature. I did a Grow season in the spring of 2017 and it helped me cope so much better with both my mental health and pain problems.

Trust in Nature, or TIN, is a volunteering project open to anyone who has done the Grow Project. Project tasks can range from scrub clearing to gardening to printmaking. Since I have impaired mobility I can’t do many of the more active tasks so I don’t volunteer as regularly as some, but I try to go as often as I can, especially if there are creative tasks I can contribute to. And I can’t think of a better way to spend a day there than painting sheep! I haven’t finished the box yet; I’ll try to finish it next week. If I do I’ll post a photo here.

If you’d like to know more about the Grow Project click here. I can’t recommend it enough if you need some headspace and healing space and/or if you have funds and are looking for a project to support financially.

To learn more about the Saddlescombe Farm and estate click here.


Christine’s Chicken

Today’s face: Christine’s chicken, inspired by Sktchy and today’s Inktober 2018 prompt “chicken”.

Drawn in a Moleskine sketchbook with a Micron 01 pen, painted with Zecchi Toscana watercolours and finished with Posca pens and a Staedtler Triplus fineliner.


Michaela’s Dog

Today’s face: Michaela’s dog, inspired by Sktchy.

Drawn in a Laloran sketchbook with a Copic multiliner and painted with Zecchi Toscana watercolours.


Linda’s Chicken

Today’s face: Linda’s chicken, inspired by Sktchy.

Drawn in a Leuchtthurm 1917 sketchbook with a Micron pen and Copic markers and finished digitally on an iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil using the Procreate app.