The Boat House Cafè

It was a beautiful warm sunny afternoon in Ramsey today.  Jip, William and I spent the time in Mooragh Park. I took my drawing bag with me. I sat beside the boating lake and proceeded to draw the Boat House Cafè using a #2 pencil.

I put into practice what I had learnt so far. The emphasis today was on perspective. I am quite pleased with the result. I made a few mistakes but overall I am happy.

Boat House Cafè

Relay for Life Isle of Man 2014

We arrived at the NSC in plenty of time for my 8:45 scheduled start, for my leg of Relay for Life in aid of Cancer Research UK. I got itchy feet by 8:30 and started anyway. Jip decided to walk with me.

We set of at a brisk pace. My target was 25 laps or 10Km. This I succeeded in doing but with a sore groin – ouch! Jip kept with me for 22 laps or 8.8 Km. Well done Jip! I thought I had done well until Steph (our race walker) told me she had completed 10. I asked 10km? No 10 miles, she announced! Crikey! Well done Steph!

A few of my colleagues camped on site as they were walking through the night. They didn’t sleep much as the music continued all night but mainly because the temperature dropped to near freezing. Poor girls. I had a good nights sleep at home in my warm bed and was raring to go Sunday morning.

We all stayed for the closing ceremony and walked as a team for the final lap with Bob. Lots of dancing and clapping. Our team raised over £1,500 with still more to come! £53,000 was raised in total by all the teams also with more to come.

I would like to make a special thank you to all the people who were kind enough to sponsor me and help raise the money that we did for such a great cause. My heartfelt thanks to Anna, La & John, Loot, Laor and not forgetting my lovely wife Jip.

Short video of Relay for Life Isle of Man 2014.

We are all keen to do it again next year only bigger and better. Here’s to 2015 and beating Cancer together.

Self Portrait

I have gone back to drawing again. I was working through Betty Edwards book “Drawing on The Right Side” back in 2013. I am going over the exercises again.

Here is where I am as a starting point – my “before” self portrait:


My “before” self portrait. Drawn using a #2 pencil only. Time taken about 20 mins. Crickey! I look old! The stern look just shows how much I was concentrating!

I also include a foreshortening exercise: my left hand.


Relay for Life Rally – Cancer Research

Today I attended the opening ceremony for the Relay for Life fundraising event for Cancer Research. My colleagues and I at FPS Group put together a team to walk in relay for 24 hours.

Relay for Life FPS Team
Relay for Life FPS Team

I am walking the penultimate leg at around 8:45am tomorrow morning until about 10:35am.

It’s still not too late to make a donation. My donation page is

All money raised will support Cancer Research UK’s life-saving research into preventing, controlling and curing all cancers. Cancer Research UK aims to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured and every step we make towards beating cancer relies on every pound donated. Your donation will make a real difference!