Drawing challenge, Day 22 - Something you miss. Skiathos. A most beautiful Greek Island, close enough to the mainland to be lush and green, small and blissfully free of lots of night clubs, discos and associated drunken youth culture, delightful small beaches, clear blue water teeming with tiny fish, great for early morning runs along the coast road with lots of hills and beach side stretches. An unexpected paradise with a direct flight from Cluj.

Drawing challenge, Day 22 - Something you miss. Skiathos. A most beautiful Greek Island, close enough to the mainland to be lush and green, small and blissfully free of lots of night clubs, discos and associated drunken youth culture, delightful small beaches, clear blue water teeming with tiny fish, great for early morning runs along the coast road with lots of hills and beach side stretches. An unexpected paradise with a direct flight from Cluj.

Drawing challenge, Day 4 - Favourite place. The barn near Sibiu. For the first time a lifelong ambition is on the way to being realised, a small tumbledown barn to use as an art centre, studio, workspace. It comes with a small orchard of plum and apple trees, grapevines and a walnut tree, some space for growing vegetables and a tiny cottage. All it needs is lots of work and a bit of cash. And time of course

Drawing challenge, Day 4 - Favourite place. The barn near Sibiu. For the first time a lifelong ambition is on the way to being realised, a small tumbledown barn to use as an art centre, studio, workspace. It comes with a small orchard of plum and apple trees, grapevines and a walnut tree, some space for growing vegetables and a tiny cottage. All it needs is lots of work and a bit of cash. And time of course

Drawing challenge, Day 29 - A place you want to go. I'll be boring, I want to go back to Skiathos, the beach at Lalaria which has the most stunning blues I have ever seen (not well caught here I'm sorry to say). I have been lucky enough to have been to a lot of places but few exert the pull of Skiathos for light, warmth, colour and that feeling that you can cope with all this has to offer and yet not want for more. I guess that is called contentedness.

Drawing challenge, Day 29 - A place you want to go. I'll be boring, I want to go back to Skiathos, the beach at Lalaria which has the most stunning blues I have ever seen (not well caught here I'm sorry to say). I have been lucky enough to have been to a lot of places but few exert the pull of Skiathos for light, warmth, colour and that feeling that you can cope with all this has to offer and yet not want for more. I guess that is called contentedness.

Drawing challenge, Day 20 - Something orange. I don't have goldfish at home but I did have a video of some from an overseas trip. I threw caution to the wind and used a big brush and the simplest of brush strokes. The approach needs more work but you only get one shot at it (unless you practice first) so what I learned today was there is potential in this and a lot more practice needed.

Drawing challenge, Day 20 - Something orange. I don't have goldfish at home but I did have a video of some from an overseas trip. I threw caution to the wind and used a big brush and the simplest of brush strokes. The approach needs more work but you only get one shot at it (unless you practice first) so what I learned today was there is potential in this and a lot more practice needed.

Drawing challenge, Day 19 - Something new. A potted plant gift for the first of March which is the festival of Martisor in Romania. An early celebration of spring, renewal of hope and confidence for the forthcoming year. We have had an incredibly mild winter (so far) so Martisor really is blessed with buds in the trees and early bees in the garden.

Drawing challenge, Day 19 - Something new. A potted plant gift for the first of March which is the festival of Martisor in Romania. An early celebration of spring, renewal of hope and confidence for the forthcoming year. We have had an incredibly mild winter (so far) so Martisor really is blessed with buds in the trees and early bees in the garden.

Drawing challenge, Day 10 - Favourite candy. I don't really have much of a sweet tooth but I have a weakness for marzipan as my Mum knows. We didn't have Marzipan sweets when I was a child but we did have marzipan cake decorations crafted and painted to look like fruits and of course Christmas cakes are always given a layer of marzipan under the icing (and nowadays instead of the icing sometimes). Thanks Mum for all the marzipan over the years.

Drawing challenge, Day 10 - Favourite candy. I don't really have much of a sweet tooth but I have a weakness for marzipan as my Mum knows. We didn't have Marzipan sweets when I was a child but we did have marzipan cake decorations crafted and painted to look like fruits and of course Christmas cakes are always given a layer of marzipan under the icing (and nowadays instead of the icing sometimes). Thanks Mum for all the marzipan over the years.

Drawing challenge, day 12 - latest accomplishment. Every drawing or painting you do is your latest accomplishment. For today, life drawing. Its difficult not to be tense especially when you can't tear it up and start again. I long for the ability to be free with lines and brush. A light touch instead of the hard boiled stiffness. Someday ....

Drawing challenge, day 12 - latest accomplishment. Every drawing or painting you do is your latest accomplishment. For today, life drawing. Its difficult not to be tense especially when you can't tear it up and start again. I long for the ability to be free with lines and brush. A light touch instead of the hard boiled stiffness. Someday ....

Drawing challenge, Day 11 - A turning point in your life.  Maybe the most significant one now is taking up oil paints again and this time seriously. Painting big canvases and lots of ideas, every full moon this year, some moments from last summer in Skiathos. Oil paintings are so different from drawing, water colour or acrylic, they develop over time, a long time, they emerge, defining themselves as they go, surprising you as you paint, they interpret intentions for you, they are in control.

Drawing challenge, Day 11 - A turning point in your life. Maybe the most significant one now is taking up oil paints again and this time seriously. Painting big canvases and lots of ideas, every full moon this year, some moments from last summer in Skiathos. Oil paintings are so different from drawing, water colour or acrylic, they develop over time, a long time, they emerge, defining themselves as they go, surprising you as you paint, they interpret intentions for you, they are in control.

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