The kitchen is closed

My idea to spend this morning tidying my pantry ended up with a whole day of paint prep and undercoating.

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After pulling everything out of the pantry the old saying "in for a penny; in for a pound" kicked in and I decided to paint the whole cupboard.

Then I realised a whole wall could be cleaned and updated so just kept on painting.

Looks like tomorrow will be more of the same with a couple of topcoats. 

Sketchbook Skool

These two drawings appear as one: my view from home and my view from work

These two drawings appear as one: my view from home and my view from work

I am currently working my way through the assignments for Sketchbook Skool's "Beginnings" online course. The idea of these courses is to encourage daily drawing and the benefits of keeping a sketchbook.

You might know that I enjoy drawing. I find it therapeutic and intensely satisfying. I don't, however, have a daily or even regular practice. I go in fits and starts, usually tying myself to courses and groups to get my pen moving across paper.

Sketchbook Skool seems to be well suited to my slacktitude. It's encouraging and interesting, and the community is gentle and easy to share with. I'm ticking along nicely and while I'm still in the process of developing a daily habit, my sketchbook pages are starting to fill with line and colour.

My biggest obstacle is a shyness about drawing during my work day. I don't suffer from this in drawing groups, or if I'm on my on (obviously) but do feel a reluctance to reveal this part of me to work colleagues. It's quite interesting to me that I feel this way - and that restricts the times of the day I can draw - so I really do need to get over myself if I'm to a) get faster and b) be more productive.

This was a fun exercise where I painted the colour first then overlaid the ink.

This was a fun exercise where I painted the colour first then overlaid the ink.