More from the pile!


Cleater Moor, old library and civic hall.


Cleater Moor


Bewcastle Cross.


The old antique shop, Temple Sowerby.


Kirby Stephen.





Sepulchre Lane, Kendal.

IMG_20160514_0946274_rewind_kindlephoto-700330674Ashness Bridge.


The Old Mill and Church, Aysgarth, Wensleydale. 

More from the pile!

Some more drawings from the pile, we’ve been traveling around the country for some of these!


The gorgeous Eileen Donan Castle up in Scotland.


Skipton parish church.

IMG_20160509_1337153_rewind_kindlephoto-386250467Cockley Bridge, I love the tractor on the left hand side, we call things like that ‘nutty bits’ as they are really fun to draw!


The main street in Cockermouth.

IMG_20160514_1058582_rewind_kindlephoto-700872274Newby Bridge, unfortunately this was washed away in the winter flooding.


Hawes in Wensleydale. 


Acorn Bank in Temple Sowerby.


Muncaster Castle.


The mill and bridge at Aysgarth.


The Black Bull at Haworth.


Apsley House, one time home of The Duke of Wellington in London and well worth a visit.

A second set of random drawings!

Here are a second set of random drawings from the pile!







The Keep, Brough Castle


The Clocktower, Brough


Good old Ambleside


The Town Hall,


The market square,


The priority church of St.Mary and Bega, St.Bees


St.John’s in the Vale, north end


Dame Birkett’s school, Penrith


The Swan Hotel, Grasmere







Random drawings!

I’m going through some drawings and trying to put them in some sort of order………..I’m failing miserably! I’ve spent the morning trying to work out where some of them were drawn……why oh why weren’t they labelled.

One of my problems is that when I’m drawing I’m interested in that drawing but as soon as its finished it’s put aside and I start the next one. I assume I’ll remember a drawing but I don’t…….and after a few years, well I might remember drawing it but where it was drawn…………

Bit by bit they will be sorted but in the mean time I’m going to post them on my blog randomly.


I knew there were another couple of drawings of Southport! This is Lord Street.


The Bandstand Southport


The High Street in Kendal


Dove Cottage, Grasmere


Brentwood, Ruskin’s house, Coniston


Village Square, Hawkshead


Townend, Troutbeck


St.Kentigern’s Church, Caldbeck


The very lovely Grange-over-Sands


Cockley Beck








Drawings of Cumbria

As I mentioned a couple of posts ago one of the reasons for setting up this blog was to be able to share some of my drawings…….so here come the next ten. Drawings of Cumbria this time!

They are original pen and ink drawings, A 2 size and for sale, just message me for further details.


Yew Tree Farm near Coniston. This is actually the view of the farm from the road, it’s a fabulous place and must have looked this way for hundreds of years, if you can forget about the constant traffic passing by!

IMG_20160503_1451418_rewind_kindlephoto-58512954Warthwaite Crags, St John’s in The Vale

IMG_20160503_1435040_rewind_kindlephoto-58040323Milnthorpe Church. Milnthorpe is a lovely little village in the ‘South Lakes’ with a fabulous weekly market.


Arnside. Just a few minutes from Milnthorpe is Arnside, one of my favourite places, as a child I spent many happy times playing on the beach and exploring, very Swallow’s and Amazon’s!


The Old Grammar School and Church, Hawkshead. You’re going to see lots of drawings of churches, I’m not religious but as buildings they are good to draw!


And here we go…..another church, this time in Grasmere. It always seems to rain when I go here however it’s worth it for the Grasmere gingerbread that’s made here. It really is terrific and a certain Prince of Wales always stops off here to collect some and say hello (maybe I’m not supposed to mention that little known fact) still if it’s good enough for him !!!



The Smithy, Loweswater. What a delight, and that roof……it’s poetry


The north end of Crummock Water


Ruskin’s Cross in Coniston churchyard, a pretty amazing memorial!





Classical Ornament – C. Thierry (Dover Books 2016)


I love Dover Books and have loads of them. A visit to the Dover Bookshop on Earlham Street in Covent Garden was always a treat when I was at college and then working in London. It featured a design donated by Eduardo Paolozzi, a long time fan of the shop and the shop was a draw for artists and designers featuring everything from Japanese border patterns to Victorian medical illustrations. There were books on photography, architecture, graphic design, fashion and at the back a terrific children’s section including Paper Doll Cut Out Books (Why I have one of Joan Crawford is anyone’s guess – you can apparently get them for David Bowie and Adele now as well!)

The shop was a treasure trove of books, an image library specialising in largely royalty free illustrations and used by all sorts of designers from Paul Smith to Vivienne Westwood. Unfortunately with the area around Earlham Street moving from niche specialist shops to larger chains and free images being easily sourced online, after twenty seven years the shop had to close. Thankfully, Dover Books (an American company) are still available and as marvellous as ever. This book “Classical Ornament” by C.Thierry was originally compiled in the 1860s. It presents more than 70 illustrations of classical ornament, consisting of architectural elements from structures such as the Parthenon, the Acropolis, the Vatican Museum and other buildings. The book is aimed at a pretty niche market, students of architecture and the decorative arts, graphic artists, designers and historians. With only 70 or so precisely detailed renderings on 74 pages it is hardly exhaustive on the subject but is excellent and the images are of course, royalty free.


If classical ornament is your thing then Heck’s Pictorial Archive of Art and Architecture is worth looking out for, with over 2,200 illustrations it’s a veritable treasure trove and also printed by Dover Books.

Empire Style Design and Ornament, (again published by Dover Books) is a collection of designs for architectural ornaments manufactured by Joseph Beunat in 1813 and contains everything that pertains to the decoration of rooms, such as panels, overdoors, mirror friezes, wall friezes, pilasters, door posts etc, it’s another winner in my mind as is Decor Architectural (Les Editions du Carrousel).

This edition of Classical Ornament is published by Dover Books in 2016.  Many thanks to the publishers and Netgalley for letting me view this review copy.

Longleat, From 1566 to the present time

This little treasure is another charity shop purchase. It tells a short history of Longleat and was first published in 1949 by The Longleat Estate and was obviously available to purchase by visitors to the great house as I came across an old ticket in the book.

What raises this little hardback book from a normal guide are the terrific little illustrations by Leonard Huskinson particularly the cover drawing that is a rather fierce and frightening portrait of the builder of Longleat Sir John Thynne.


The Little Red Engine Goes to Town

I picked this little book up at my local Oxfam book shop and it’s a real delight. The story is written by Diana Ross (not the singer!) and illustrated by Leslie Wood. Published in this edition in 1969. It’s the illustrations that attracted me. I have to admit that I’d never heard of Leslie Wood before but I must have seen his work on the cover of other books.

The story is about a little locomotive that is invited to appear at an important exhibition in London (for important exhibition read The Festival of Britain!) The story is charming and the illustrations, some in black and white and some in colour are wonderful. They are very atmospheric, full of life, detail and movement, managing to show the  contrast between the rural life that the little engine is used to and the big modern city where the exhibition is being held.

I’ll certainly be looking out for the other Little Red Engine books and the wonderful illustrations of Leslie Wood.