March 05, 2015

Settling in and a sketching group

The sun is streaming through the window, and I can hear the birds singing in the garden as I sit looking out from my new wee studio.  I always feel that the setting down of new roots and making fresh memories, the things that make a new place feel like home, take a wee while to happen and need quiet times and pondering times and so I have allowed the moments to tick by here as I have allowed those things to happen.

We have been exploring, wandering through still woods as the sun begins to set and  glimmer through the trees. We have climbing sheep strewn hills to catch  glimpses of sparkling sea, and we are feeling very blessed to live in such a beautiful part of the world here in Dumfries & Galloway.

The May blossom has been so late this year, it almost seemed as though it was waiting for us to settle and find time to appreciate it's tiny blooms. But at last the hedgerows are bursting into life all ready for the coming of July.
We can't wait to see what the coming month brings in the garden after all our digging and weeding and planting and a-building of walls. Next stop the vegetable patch!
June saw me run the last of my workshops for a while, so ending a wonderful first half of the year filled with meetings of  lovely folks all getting creative. It has been such a pleasure having the opportunity to share my creativity with so many and watching them spread their wings and start to discover the joys of creative play. Thank you each and everyone for coming along and helping make the workshops such special events. ( How beautiful is the bouquet of flowers I was given by the lovely ladies from Gretna!)

New workshops and happenings will be announced in September.

The 'sketch-a-day' facebook group I set up is going from strength to strength, and what began as a personal challenge to encourage me to stick to the task of sketching for the 365 days has now grown into a group with over 60 members from all around the world. It has proved so popular that numbers have had to be limited as we were overwhelmed with requests of people wanting to join and I really want it to stay small and friendly and manageable.
The group is now run by three sketchers, the lovely Valerie (who has a real eye for detail), one of my nephew's Stu (who always finds a fab and quirky way of representing a topic) and me!  Every day a new topic is posted to be interpreted freely by the groups members and then shared on the page. We have covered really varied topics and each one comes with it's own unique challenge, it makes you tackle subjects you might normally avoid! (sketch topics: Above~ hot air balloon, red and fox. Below: favourite film character, Japanese, self portrait))

I am a little astounded but very happy to announce so far we are up to sketch 173 already!   There is something very inspiring about doing this challenge with a group and there is much  encouragement and sharing of information that goes on too. I have learnt so much already and developed my style in leaps and bounds and look forward to the next 173 days!
My sketches will be on show at the 'Kirkcudbright Art & Craft Trail' from 31st July to 3rd August at my corner of the event at venue 16, the beautiful historic Broughton House.

If you feel up to the challenge of sketching daily topics such as a strawberry, a Hamsa or  some canal art and improving your sketching in the process do get in touch as we do have places to spare!


  1. Congratulations on your new home.. it already sounds like a magical haven :) I hope you guys are very happy there. And it's lovely to hear that your workshops are so in demand. Not suprised g though ;) xx

    1. Aww thank you Julia, it is indeed a magical haven x

  2. The area where you live and your garden are lovely. Some of those sketches are brilliant, I love the Japanese lady. I have no talent at all for drawing/sketching and am in awe of those who have.

  3. So many lovely pictures! And you live in such a beautiful place, how blessed you are.

  4. Thank you for the lovely mention, I so enjoy being part of Sketch a Day!

  5. your new home is quite lovely!
    it looks like you are enjoying it.
    so lovely to see your art and hear what you have been doing.
    sweet summer to you Ruthie.

  6. What a magical place! And your art is amazing!

  7. Ruthie -- you do, indeed, live in a lovely place. And it sounds like you're filling it with lovely experiences, lovely people and gratitude for it all. You are blessed.

  8. It is all looking so wonderfully peaceful and joyous! So happy for you! xx

  9. Your garden and the surrounding area look beautiful Ruthie. And your sketches are always a treat to look at. I love all of them. Enjoy the summer!

  10. Your new home looks lovely! Wishing you peace and lots of happiness there :) xxx

  11. Hi Ruthie my friend, my you've been so busy! Your garden looks brilliant and I wish I lived nearer your area it's so magical, I always feel I've left my heart in Scotland! How wonderful your studio looks and I think you sound really happy, I'm so glad. Wow! your sketchbook and paintings are marvelous I'm totally not surprised your Workshops are in demand. If I was well I'd love to do one, but presently not getting a lot of anything done with complications of this illness, not even writing.

    Hope you enjoy every moment in your lovely new home and sending love and biggest of hugs,
    Jane X


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