Monday, 9 November 2015


 Four images of crops done for recent work in our class room


Monday, 14 September 2015

On your bike

Berlin is a city made to cycle, like many other European cities you can accsess all areas of Berlin on your bike. The majority of streets have spacious cycle lanes and the trains and trams come equiped with carraiges where bikes can be brought on board for a paltry sum.

This, unfortunaley, is logistically impossible to do in Dublin, a city that is served by a large bus network with no capacity for bikes. Dublin has of course lots of other virtues and being one eight the size of Berlin has a centre which can be cycled from one end to the other in fifteen to twenty minutes.

Berlin ist eine Stadt zum Fahrrad fahren. Wie viele andere Europäische Städte kommt man mit Fahrrad überall hin. Der Großteil der Straßen verfügen über geräumige Fahrradwege und die Sbahnen und Straßenbahnen kommen ausgerüstet mit Wagen wo Fahrräder können, für wenig Geld gebracht werden.

Leider ist das in Dublin logistisch unmöglich. Einer Stadt, die von einem großen Bus-Netzwerk mit Platz für Fahrräder serviert wird zu tun. Dublin hat natürlich viele andere Tugenden und als einer acht die Größe Berlin hat ein Zentrum, das von einem Ende zum anderen in fünfzehn bis zwanzig Minuten gefahren werden kann.

Friday, 17 July 2015

Flying Irish man

Frankfurt airport waiting on a plane

On kaiser str in Frankfurt looking toward the main train station

After four hours hanging around on the plane to Dublin

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Saturday, on an outing with the Urban Sketchers Berlin group (for the first time in a long time) was an eye opener. We met in the Moabit area of Berlin at the "Classic Remise" show rooms for antique cars. Initially I was under the false impression that it maybe a small collection of Rolls Royce's and jaguars but the place is packed to the rafters with all shapes and forms of cars from the early 1900's to the present day sports cars either to buy or rent. the place is a treasure trove which I won't be long revisiting.

Citroen and Jaguar (I'll have two of each)

The only regret i had was not spotting the ailing Ford companies 70's saviour, Ray Iaccoca's 'Mustang' (also the hero of  'the dukes of hazzard') until it was too late to draw it 

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Recently commited to paper

 Using both sides of the sketch pad can leave interesting water marks, my brush is a new pentel waterbrush which had to be bought as I lost my brushes and pens on a recent trip to Ireland. I am very happy with the  resulting stronger colours and wetter working. still not recommending the expensive habit of losing materials though


 My hair would never be thick enough for anything like this guy with dread locks, happy with the small bleed onto the other page and the mood created by people facing away.

Well it is Valentines day shortly, must remember the flowers and chocolate.
Sleeping worker seen through two beards (working Title!!)

Tuesday, 6 January 2015


On the Ryanair flight back to Berlin after the festive season spent in Dublin