Sunday, 17 March 2013

Who'da thunk it?

Sketch 40 of 75


Happy St.Patrick's day to my fellow Irish folk, those of Irish descent and those who just like any old excuse for a hooley!

Today, is special to me for an entirely different reason - one year ago today S and I set off on what we innocently thought was just a week's holiday to the North of Scotland hoping to see the Northern Lights.  


Sketch 41 of 75 - look, NOT a dog again!


The Northern Lights phenomenon fascinates us, as it does many people and I'm so glad S suggested a trip to Caithness as a less expensive alternative to Norway where he'd surprised me with an anniversary cruise round the Arctic circle back in 2008, just so we might get the chance to see them again.  


Sketch 42 of 75 - back to the dogs


Little did we know when we spent the week in Caithness this time last year, sighing at the natural beauty and peace and quiet of it all, that 5 months later S would find a job opportunity there and 10 months later we would be moving there, lock, stock and two barking dogs! Today, is also our two month anniversary of moving here!

Sketchwise, I'm back on those 75 sketches again.  I'm still going mostly dogs but the odd other animal is popping up now and again as I wrack my brain for inspiration! I'm linking today with Sunday Sketches kindly hosted by Alexandra over at Blue Chair Diary Illustrations. 

In case you missed it (or care!), you can catch up with my other post this week here:

                   Twisting my cottage, Man



26 comments:

  1. I love your sketches, they are really great.
    Am a Swede living in Ireland since many years.
    Have a lovely Sunday!

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  2. Very clever sketches and done in so short a time. Wonderful!
    Do you intend to colour them, but they are great as they are?
    xxx

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  3. Those chinese hairless dogs always crack me up, just love them they look so funny. loving as always your dogs... Amazing how time flies, I remember when you said you wanted to move to Scotland... living your dream thats wonderful :)

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  4. Nice job on the bull terrier and I especially like the hedgehog (and no, it's not another dog...LOL)...but do I love your dogs. Like my portraits, we enjoy drawing what we love. In writing the best advice is to write about what you know something about...and in art I believe drawing is what you know about and what you would like to know about. I have been studying faces since I was a child when I came to the US without speaking a word of English at the age of 2 1/2. (I spoke only Spanish until the age of 6, which is crazy but true.) I learned to study faces during those early years to know what people were trying to say or figure out what mood they were in. I think I developed some observation skills during that time that have stayed with me a while. :)

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  5. Your dogs (and hedgies) are fabulous, and I never get tired of looking at them.
    Isn't it amazing how life can change utterly based on something as random as where you decide to take a holiday? It's great to see your new Scottish life opening up.

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  6. I love your dog sketches!! They're really great and the proportions are phenomenal.

    I had the pleasure of being stranded in Edinburgh for 8 hours with my husband. One of my most favorite places yet! :)

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  7. Excellent sketches ~ love the animals and your last sketch is so different but great too! ~ Enjoy ^_^

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  8. I can only say INCREDIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! love your work.
    cheers, dana

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  9. I'd love to go to Ireland and Scotland some day as well as Denmark and the whole nordic area. What a cool story of how you ended up in Norway. Sweet hedgehog!

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  10. Your dog drawings are so good...love seeing them :)

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  11. I just love your animals. You do SO well with them. My favorite today is the little, cute hedgehog. Awww :)

    Happy SS!

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  12. I really like your pen and ink sketches!

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  13. Your art always amazes and pleases me no end. I love the hedgehog today best, he is so so so cute; and the twisty cottage is a love as well.
    Your story is fun and I am glad you are happy in your new abode and enviorns! Happy St. Paddy's day to you!

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  14. I love all your wonderful sketches Nic and it amazes me you do them so perfectly in such a short time. Hugs Annette x

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  15. Great sketches. I love hedgehogs and your is especially cute!! I have always wanted to see the northern lights and somehow I keep missing them, another good reason to head north!

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  16. Great doggie stuff! You are a great artist:)
    ManonX

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  17. Totally gorgeous sketches! Though I never have liked the look of those English Bull Terriers, lol! They weren't blessed were they!
    Still, your sketch is perfect!
    I finished the challenge on Sunday - Hurrah!
    So - have you seen the Northern Lights since you moved there? :0)

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  18. Dropped by and checked out your Walkies fun groupings

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  19. cute dog drawings. thanks for dropping by my blog.

    have a great day.

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  20. I will never tire of your dog sketches... they are all full of personality... and it is amazing how rapidly life has changed direction... very cool!!!

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  21. Your life story about the last year is fascinating! And also the dog sketches! These cute animals look so vivid and I am near to look for some goodies to feed them :)

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  22. Drawings are great! I am enjoying seeing every one of them.

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  23. You acn never have too many dog sketches. Love the English Bull terrier.

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  24. I have always wanted to see the northern lights. I may have to visit. I'm still loving your dog sketches although the hedge hog is adorable!
    are they that cute in real life?

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  25. Oh yes I'm catching up....Although I am first generation Canadian on my dad side I have always had a curiosity for Scotland since he was born in a little town called Cowie...not sure it exists anymore... his mother was Irish....

    I love all your doggie sketches and paintings being such a dog lover!!The hedgehog is adorable too!!

    I once saw the northern lights in Banff Alberta, one province over..it was quite delightful!!Glad you are enjoying your new adventures!!

    Hugs Giggles

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