Sometimes I see an inspiration photo on Sktchy and it speaks to me, demanding to be drawn or painted, this was one of those photos. Everything about Mellie’s photo screamed “draw me” “paint me”, ” do my portrait”. It’s the turn of the head, the lift of the chin, the look in the eyes. I saw this photo just a few days ago and wanted desperately to paint her. I chose paint over other mediums because I thought it would do the best job of capturing the flush in her skin without making her look too red-faced and I think it was a great choice, though it was hard work getting the balance right.

I drew Mellie in my Moleskine watercolour sketchbook with a light grey Unipin fineliner, painted her with Zecchi Toscana watercolours and finished with Prismacolor coloured pencils.

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I love drawing things. These days I am rarely found without a pen, pencil or stylus in my hands. In my working life I spend a lot of time in meetings and classrooms, reading papers and strategies, so my home life provides a creative antidote to all that! I also have chronic pain, lots of it. I have scoliosis, fibromyalgia and CRPS, so my life is a balancing act, trying to balance work, which make me feel part of the real world, with pain, which is ever present, and art, which soothes my pain.

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