Friday, 13 January 2017

Sketching and decluttering

We have been sweltering in high heat and humidity this past week. As we don't have the luxury of air-conditioning, it feels like we are living in a sauna. The nights have been hot and humid too so no relief there. Winter can't come soon enough for me.

I've been blending up some smoothies to help ease our discomfort from the heat. SO delicious!

Strawberry, banana with coconut milk

Berry, banana with soy milk

The daily sketching continues and these are the ones I have photographed so far. 

My tiny bag which is an ideal size for my mobile phone and keys. 
Ink and watercolour

My favourite character on Criminal Minds - Dr. Spencer Reid - played by Matthew Gray Gubler. 
Pen sketch with a wee touch of graphite for subtle shading

One of my Lamy Safari fountain pens which I had to soak and clean as it had dried up. 
Ink and watercolour

Refilled the Lamy Safari with Lamy water-soluble ink. 
Ink sketch

One of my small travel watercolour palettes. 
Ink and watercolour

It's been quite a while since I've been able to participate but I'm linking up with the Paint Party Friday group today. To see the work of other participants for this week, click HERE.

On top of sketching, I did more decluttering. I sorted through more of my books and donated quite a few. I have a lot of art magazines and instructional art books (some are pictured below) that I no longer want so I think I might put them up on Gumtree for sale. 



Tomorrow, I will be tackling my art studio/space. I organised it a while back but I have way too much stuff so I need to make some tough decisions. 

38 comments:

  1. Wonderful sketches. Sometimes we do need to clear out - I just don't know where to start! Happy PPF, Valerie

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    1. Thanks, Valerie. It feels great to declutter — taking it one step at a time.

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  2. Hi Serena, just saw you over on my friend Valerie's page and thought I pop over and look at your work...your sketches are awesome.xx{aNNie}

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    1. Thank you for this lovely post.
      Happy PPF ♥

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    2. Thanks for visiting, Annie. Glad you like the sketches. :)

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  3. Your sketches are wonderful! Your pen almost jumps off the page. Happy PPF

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  4. wow, your sketches are beautiful! Love that tiny colourful bag ....

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  5. wonderful sketches :D the little watercolour pallette is very cute and colourful :)

    I would die without air conditioning if I was there lol

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    1. Thanks, Jen. I feel like I'm dying in this horrible heat and humidity. :(

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  6. Hello Serena, I so love your sketches - colourful and bright. The portrait is absolutely wonderful, such personality shining through. Lovely to meet you!
    Keep cool :D)

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    1. Thanks so much, Sue. Nice to 'meet' you too. :)

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  7. Lovely sketches, I never can get enough art books they are rare here now for some reason.
    Merle........

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    1. Thanks, Merle. I think it goes in phases. Decorative art was huge around 16 years ago but interest seems to have waned a great deal since then. Books aren't as readily available now because of it.

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  8. Smoothies look delicious!
    Spencer is my favorite character on Criminal Minds, too!!
    Love that little bag!! It is so colorful and bright.
    Great sketches. Yup--those FPs do dry out sometimes. Lamys are pretty easy to clean, thank goodness.
    Happy purging!! Love and hugs! :)

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    1. Thanks, Rita. Spencer and Penelope are my favourites for sure.

      My Lamy is working well again after it's soak and clean up. :)

      More purging went on today which I'll post about soon.

      Love and hugs to you xo

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  9. Such lovely work and the drinks look wonderful

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    1. Thanks, Christine. They were so yummy!

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  10. Great post, Mum! Those you make are delicious, I always enjoy them. Love your sketches too, great sketch of Spencer also. I like that bag you carry your phone and keys in. Good luck with the rest of the decluttering. Trying to declutter a studio would be hard if you've recently organised it, it'd be tough to choose what you need or don't need anymore.

    Love Brad xoxo

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    1. Thanks, Brad. I'm glad you enjoy the smoothies I make.

      Yep, it will definitely be tough deciding what to part with in the studio.

      Love Mum xo

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  11. I love banana and berry smoothies. I often make one using orange juice in place of any kind of milk (so it's literally orange juice with some banana and some berries added to it, then blended until smoothe).

    Glad you're making great progress with the decluttering.

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    1. Delicious! I love the creaminess that the soy or coconut milk give them but I do love fresh orange juice so will have to give those a try.

      I did more decluttering today. I'm so pleased with how it's going. :)

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  12. It is nice to see you and your wonderful sketches. The smoothies look so good. Even though it is freezing cold here I think I will make one for breakfast. Have a great weekend.

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    1. Thanks, Nicole. Smoothies are perfect for breakfast. I usually add some oats to mine and it gives them a thick, creamy texture. SO yum! :)

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  13. Seriously you are so talented!! I love the little purse so adorable love the colours too! All of these sketches are so beautiful!!

    Hugs Giggles

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    1. Thanks for the lovely compliment! I'm glad you like the sketches.

      Hugs to you ~ :)

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  14. The smoothies look delicious! I love your sketches so much, the more I see them, the more I want to see them. My books could definitely use a bit of sorting...

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    1. Thanks, Lisa. I'm so happy that you like my sketches. :)

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  15. Heat and humidity, that sounds awful, especially if it doesn't cool down at night. I hope it cools down soon! It's still cold here, and lots of snow, but I'm already not looking forward to summer... Your smoothies look delicious! I've been wanting to try out smoothies with coconut milk too. Wonderful sketches too, I especially love that bright red Lamy pen! I've been decluttering and reorganising my studio too. There really is such a thing as too many art supplies.

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    1. It has been a very uncomfortable and draining few weeks due to the horrible heat. I don't like our summers when they get too hot and humid, especially when we don't have air-con. Snow sounds heavenly to me right now. You can also use coconut water for smoothies. I think a pineapple and coconut milk smoothie would be delicious — makes me think pina colada. :) I agree, it was a relief to get rid of paints that I'd had for years but just don't use anymore. Have fun organising your studeo. :)

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  16. Wow awesome sketches. The smoothly looks absolutely delicious

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    1. Thanks, Shashi! The smoothie was delicious and they definitely give us some temporary relief from the heat. xx

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  17. LOVE your sketch of Dr. Spencer Reed...........one of my favorite characters!!!!

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    1. Thanks for dropping by, Susan. OH yes, Spencer is definitely my favourite followed by Penelope Garcia who is a close second. :) Did you ever see Matthew Gray Gubler in Runaway Vacation? He plays a very brief role that is pretty much the total opposite of Spencer. haha That was before he was famous, I guess.

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