Family reunion

I have spent the past week in Sweden meeting up with parts of my family. 

The first picture is of my son Tom and his daughter Stella, his son Jack was so exited to finally meet his grandma that he had full time showing me things, he was harder to catch with the camera so I had to make a video instead. They are both very sweet children, and Jack is 2,5 years old but he was talking so good and at times his comments were priceless. He knows car models,  and asked me what car I have and needless to say I drive a Volvo. 

I also visited with my sister Jessica and her family. On Monday we went to he riding house where Wilma, the oldest daughter had a riding lesson 

And here are some pictures from Gothenburg and Stockholm 

Once I get home exiting things awaits me and I am going to haven a very busy fall in fact the coming year is going to be busy with mountaineering training, map reading and navigating with a great deal of first aid too. Exiting times indeed and meaningful too of course. 

Take care and be good

Christmas is slowly approaching…

…we’ll fall is here for real and the air has slightly changed to be a bit cooler and fresh, but I like this time of the year and this is usually the time when I get into my Christmas mojo, to himself’s dismay lol. 

Here is my first illustration relating to Christmas this year, it took quite some hours to complete but I am happy with the outcome. 

This is a time to spend more time indoors with a fire burning in the fireplace, relaxing and just be. 

But, I still enjoy getting out and about either doing hill walking, running and cycling. Now it’s time to wrap up well and stay warm and safe. 

Yesterday was a day filled with hill walking, went to west Wicklow and a place called Blessington. A beautiful place surrounding the lakes. We were climbing up a steep hill, some 600 m above sea level. It was a lungbuster even for me being fit and all, but to get up there and looking at the views made it so with it. 

I might be a bit busy being out hill walking, training and such but will post updates as I go along. And might stick in some art in between as well. Life is full of good things you just have to take a moment and stop to smell the roses as they say. 

Be good, be safe and take care of yourselves!

Autumn is on its way…

…but am not ready to say good bye to the Summer just yet. The weather this summer has not been too bad, a little bit of rain but we also had some really nice and sunny days. And this summer himself and I have been on some cool adventures here in Ireland.


We went for a fishing trip to the West of Ireland, at a little pond called Rinroe pond. Well himself was doing the fishing and I was an observer and documenter [hehe]. It was a bit cooler when we went there, hence the winter jackets. When doing rod fishing you have to get up very early in the morning and spend the late hours in the evening, it was very interesting and also fun when we caught a few biggies.

I have been working with the ink pencils as well in between, and here you see a selection of  them. I enjoy doing the abstract tree’s and they’re sort of taking form as I go along. It is extremely relaxing just letting your creative mind control the direction of the pens.


Grandchild number two was born at the beginning of August🙂 a baby girl. I can’t wait to go to Sweden and meet them all.

We managed to do a trip down to West Cork as well this year, we spent a little over a week down there, and it is a gorgeous are to visit there’s so many things to see and beautiful spots by the sea. I love anything related to the sea, the weather was a bit varied while we were there, both sunny and the last few days it got very windy and wet. But it was still gorgeous.

As many of you might know himself is a garden designer, and he does not only design and build gardens, he also specialise in treehouse’s and in the video above is the Bespoke treehouse that he designed and built a couple of years ago. You will see the progress from start to finish.

Take a look at his website to see more of his previous work and projects:


Different techniques

I am progressing with the course but I am not rushing too fast I am taking time practicing. And of course my normal day job takes up a lot of time during the week. I am working mostly using the ink pens and am also trying different techniques,such as charcoal it’s really nice to work with. 

This is the illustration for the day, it took me several hours and a lot of patient to create it but it was so much worth it and really fun too. 

This is the same eye as I have created using graphite pencils but here I have used charcoal, it was abit tricky but not so bad when you get the hang of it. 

It’s a new week ahead and you never know what lurks behind the bend, that’s what makes life interesting. Or as forest gump said; life is like a box of chocolate, you never know what you gonna get. I sort of like that expression. Why complicate things and plan life to the minute, when you can just take it for what it is and simplify it. 

As long as I get my coffee every day I am in heaven he he

Illustrating has never been more fun!

Hello again,

I am now a few weeks into the course and I have to say that it is so much fun. Don’t think I have spent so much drawing in a very long time. There is a lot of practice involved but that’s how to do it, and I better practice controlling those lines.

To become an illustrator you need to invest a lot of hours practicing with your pens, I simply love getting lost in what I do with the pens, and I really love working in the old fashioned way however, I will eventually get into the digital way of drawing as well and get one of those pads you can draw on which you connect to your computer. I am exited about that actually.

Here you see a selection of different drawings that I have been working on this week, and the purpose has been to control the lines with the ink pen, except for the eye drawing, here I have simply been practicing on getting the details right.


I still have a few sections to go through before it’s time for the first assignment, so I’d better mosy on as they say. I will be back again with more updates on the progress.



To illustrate is FUN!

This week has been interesting since I started the new course, it also meant I had to go back to the basics in drawing, but there are never any shortcuts and it is fun going back to start working on perspectives and details.


Here I have been working on some expressions and I am working on some animals, just to practice.


Here are some funny cats, by drawing these I am venturing into a new path sort of, since I haven’t done that many animals previously, except for my mice of course.

Well, some say that practice makes perfect, here is just some doodles I made of some pieces. At the moment I haven’t any big project going on, so have plenty of time to practice with the pens and using different techniques.


Illustrating Children’s Books

Hello again!

Hope that you’re all are enjoying the summer, unfortunately here in Ireland we have had a little set back in the weather, but that is Ireland for you. The weather is ever changing and you gotta enjoy the good weather when it arrives.

Anyway, nuff said, I have finally started to venture down a path I have been wanting to do for a long time now, and signed up for a course in Illustrating Children’s Books. I am now studying with London Art College and I received my study material yesterday, it was waiting for me when I got home from work. I am so exited.


To start a course like this means you need to go back to the basics a little bit, working with lines, but it’s always good to do a refresher. And I must say that I really enjoy it, I love to sit and do the warm-up drawings, to sort of loosen up your pen strokes a bit. To work with ink pencils are fantastic.


This is a sample of my exercise for today, here I have worked with lines, shapes and shades. While I was working away on this set, I just drew what was coming to my mind.


I have had these books for a while now, and they will come in handy during this course. I will have up to two years to complete the whole course, and my tutor is Maggy Roberts an illustrator with over 30 years experience as an art tutor. So you can imagine that I feel honoured to partake in this course.


This is another exercise I’ve been doing, learning to draw cartoon characters. This is really fun, and I can feel my artistic mojo coming back again.


English Classic Car – WIP

I hadn’t planned on doing any new post this week, but as it happened I started to work on this new illustration of this beautiful classic car. I have actually painted it before, but it was a part of another illustration where I had put together several classic cars, all English. And I have posted that illustration here below.

Now I am making this car in a much larger scale, this is one of the cars I really love. It looks very simple, but I think that is what is making it so beautiful. There is a lot of details that is sort of sticking out more if you make it larger.

In this illustration I am using Daler Rowney’s paper 20 x 16 inches, and in this image I have just finished the outlining with the ink.

If you’d like to see more of my work, press on the link below and it will take you to my website:



I have not been doing any new work in a while, life has sort of kept me busy with other things. But having some time off work every now and again is good, and it’s an opportunity to reflect on what is important in life, well work of course is important but one should not let it RUN your life. There is a lot more to it than that, your job is of course bringing money and put foods on the table and a roof over your head, but it is just a fraction of what Life really is. We should live it to the fullest and piece in those little things that we enjoy doing in between all the stress and demands, that for some, our work is putting us under.

Well, I couldn’t write this post without adding a little wee bit of wisdom in there🙂