My visitors have just gone.
The best visitors ever, two sisters.
They came here to go to the Edinburgh Yarn Festival and to the beach.
Could you please admire Lavinia's new jacket and headband.
Ethel says hello too, and she is quite happy with her fair-isle jumper and noisy bird brooch.
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Some of my sketchbooks are for small black pen drawings only.
I don't draw anything in particular, just let the pen go for a little walk inside each tiny square or rectangle.
I start one of these pages with something, anything, in the first square, often with no idea of where I'm going, and expand and change it gradually in the following squares.
I fill in a square just when I'm passing, last thing at night, or in-between other pursuits.
It's surprising what turns up.
What is the bird in the third picture doing?
Maybe there is a flower at the top of the stem.
Getting ready for action.
Adding some colour
with watercolours and pens.
Some time later......
It's Arfer the Hypnotist, at the Flying Circus!
He's trying to hypnotise the flower into dropping all of its leaves!
And almost succeeding!
The flower is resisting (or pretending to play along) and has kept two of its leaves.
Don't worry, it can grow back the lost leaves very soon.
This is no ordinary circus, this is "The Flying Circus", run and organised by the birds and creatures themselves.
Next time - "The Elephant who loves to play drums".
"Mix it Monthly", theme "Circus",
"Try it on Tuesday", theme "Nature", birds, flowers etc.,
"Anything but Cute", theme "Crazy for Colour"