I always keep at least one sketchbook by me when I sit to have my coffee breaks, and my doodles most often take the form of a face or cartoony figure, who always come ready with their own name.
Here's Cecil - when I put my pencil on the page he just appeared. He's trying to put over a good impression, but it's certainly not working on me. I think he's got shifty eyes and a very false smile.
Cecil, Cecil, you do look quaint,
Your looks would make a Cherubim faint,
You pose as an angelic saint,
You're no angel, and a saint you ain't.
I don't very often doodle patterns and shapes, but occasionally something like this will emerge from the tip of my pen without any conscious thought, and if there's a pen handy I'll add a little colour. I quite like this, I think it has a lot of movement.
For Sunday Postcard Art the theme is Summer Solstice, and it took me a while to think of something appropriate.
The postcard I made for SPA was inspired by this photograph of a young girl. Last Thursday we had parked overlooking the sea at Southport - those of you in the UK may know that 'overlooking the sea' is rather a euphemism. The land around here is so flat that most of the time the sea is just a shining line of water on the distant horizon beyond the sands.
A young girl with a circlet of flowers in her hair walked right up to our car and stood by the car door while her friend took a photograph. I called through the window to ask if I could take a photograph, and had just a moment or two to snap her - no chance to frame the best shot.
She seemed just right for celebrating the summer solstice. I isolated her from the background and digitally superimposed her over two pictures of Stonehenge from a vintage book I have called 'British Social History, Vol 1'. The text and frame were added in Photoshop.