Monday, 21 March 2016


Hello blogging friends!
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".

Linking to 
"Mix it Monthly", theme "Circus",
"Try it on Tuesday", theme "Nature", birds, flowers etc.,
"Anything but Cute", theme "Crazy for Colour"


Beo said...

How nice to see your working desk with the sight into the garden!
And the way you came to your picture as well. It's a wonderful flower who seems to look at the the lovely bird (who looks a little bit surprised). The flowers at the bottom could be waving hands as well. It's a great circus scene!

Annie said...

The girls are so cute! I'll bet it's a knitting challenge who comes along fashioning the coolest of cool jumpers or jackets. Hello girls, you look fabulous.
Ok, so now that I have the secret to drawing, I made a square and held my pen over it. NOTHING happened! LoL. I think I must not have the right pen. And why am I so afraid to stand my markers on end? Such a fear of one end drying out...and I don't even know if that would happen. Phobias are crazy.
What isn't crazy are your delight drawings and paintings. Before reading everything, I thought the bird got hungry and ate all the leaves. But I see now that he's a great hypnotist. I agree with Beo, he looks surprised that his hypnotism worked. LoL. Such a pretty flower, I'm glad its leaves will grow back shortly. I love your colorful framing. You must be a kid at heart with circus on your mind. I always love a circus.

limmelon said...

What a tidy desk !! Lavinia and Ethel providing moral support from the daffy bed. Love Arfer the flying hypnotist and the case of the disappearing leaves. Waiting for the drumming elephant. Love it, Awesome !!

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Your workdesk is far too tidy --- and your view out in the darden is amazing! Your bears look fashionable!
The flying circus project is just gorgeous Sheila -
every detail is beautiful! LOVELY ART!!

Happy you linked to Try It on Tuesday!
Thank you!

sirkkis said...

Hello dear Sheila 😃
How nice to meet Lavinia and Ethel. They are most cute.
I love your Flying CirCus.Te hypnotist is magical. What a wonderful setshing and colouring you made.
Thank you very much for your supporting comments,Sheila. I appteciate a lot your words.
Have a happy evening 🌷
PS. Your working place is very neat and the view beautiful.

Valerie-Jael said...

Wonderful circus, thanks for joining us at TIOT! The Teddies look very smart, glad you enjoed your visitors. Hugs, Valerie

Beo said...

Oh, I'm so sorry to have forgotten the teddies! Best greatings to them!! I was in hurry because I had to go. They look so cute in their new jacket and jumper. I think you and your sisters have been very busy. Is the brooch selfmade too? And are Lavinia and Ethel twins? I'm not sure if I should know that already...

Meggymay said...

A wonderful post to read. Lavinia and Ethel look very smart in their new outfits. I better not show my crew or they will want new ones as well.
Your art work is fantastic, Arfer is a real star. Thank you for sharing this with us over at TioT's.

stefanie stark said...

It's really exciting to follow your process picture by picture and then see the most lovely result. Your phantasy is really breathtaking! I love the colors and the expression of the funny birds, It's like watching a cute little film :)
Such a pitty that your super cool looking visitors are gone. Are they travelling? Do you think they will come to see Germany as well? Wherever they might go the sisters are most welcomed here!

Evergreen Mo said...

Bears are looking good. Hope they don't get cold sitting on the grass. Who needs mindfulness colouring in books maybe you need to publish your own. Great story telling as usual but that desk is just so tidy.

Linda Kunsman said...

oh what a super sweet illustration Sheila!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I love all the beautiful doodles you created, but the darling bird and flower made me smile. Of course, if I had YOUR view to look at while coloring, I might do a better job. You are truly blessed with a gorgeous view, a lovely desk, and wonderful art. Even the sisters would agree, I'm sure.

kat said...

Oh this is totally delightful! I love how you fill in your little boxes and get inspiration from there and your mix of water colour and felts, the colours are wonderful. I also love Arfer the hypnotist, he's doing a great job, super fun as always round here!
Those 2 sisters are so sweet, thanks for popping them in too, they look very happy sitting there by the daffodils.

Jackie said...

Thank you for your welcome, Ethel and Lavinia. I do like your knitwear and those lovely daffodils show-off your garments perfectly.
I have really enjoyed my trip to the flying circus - so happy and cheerful. I'm glad not all of the leaves fell off!
Thanks for popping by, Sheila. How are you finding Wanderlust? You are right, I am thoroughly enjoying it. Jx

johanna said...

do you really have such a wonderful lot of daffodils in the garden already? lucky you! and lucky ethel and lavinia. sure it is fresh enough to feel comfortable in woolen jackets and the headband. AWEsome!!
i love to look over your shoulder when you are sketching. and what a beautiful view you have from your desk. and yes, new leaves will come now with each day:)

meanwhile i got the fabric medium i ordered and started working with it. still have to find out the right consistency, but that will come. it was a great tip from you, thanks!

have a great week, sheila! so far we only had single days which were spring-like, but i hope easter will bring the turn!

~*~Patty S said...

Such fun sketches and your coloring brings it all to life.
Hugs to our cute and cuddly bears and to you too.
Happy Spring oxo

sirkkis said...

How nice that you shared this wonderful art work with us at TioT.
Thank you also for the mail, Sheila 🌸

Anonymous said...

Too adorable. In the first photo I was thinking he at all the leaves, but your colorful version is so much more exciting. Glad the exhibition was wonderful and the two cute sisters had a great time. xox

My name is Erika. said...

Such fun birdie sketches, and I LOVE the bears in their latest knitting fashions!

Alexandra said...

Oh gosh, I just love your fun bird sketches. Awwww....your post made me smile ear to ear. How fun! :)

Marjut said...

Lovely image and colours. Thank you for joining us at Try it on Tuesday.

Tammie Lee said...

I so enjoyed seeing your little squares of ink drawings, thank you for sharing them with us!
Then you took one and turned it into a painting, so much fun! love that the leaves will grow back, seems right at the start of spring.

So glad you had a good visit.

Margik said...

What a cute artwork Sheila, so lovely combination of colours and drawings!
And love the birdie sketches.
Thank you for joining us at Try it on Tuesday. Mar :)

The Happy Whisk said...

I love, love, love, where your drawing bench is. Great spot.

sirkkis said...

I came to wish you Sheila very happy Easter time.
Hugs xx

SusuPetal said...

Such a fun post! Those bears in the garden just melt my heart!!

And that bird is so cool, the master of hypnotizing!

Have a sunny Easter, Sheila!

baili said...

wow these two are sooo cute they reminded me dolls from my childhood your art is really lovable dear

Dorothy Donna Parker said...

Great pieces full of fun and good energy! Can't get over your beautifully organized desk! Sometime I'll show you mine ... lol. Happy Easter. hugs, Donna

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

I was fascinated by your explanation of how your creative thumbprint sketches develop, as well as the finished products. I also love the view from your work desk. Happy Easter!

Faye said...

Wow, that third one really developed. I thought it was darling as a simple sketch. It looked like the bird was trying to decide if the plant was still alive as I have been doing all over my yard. Then as you added features and color the sketch became alive with action. Loved it.

GlorV1 said...

Love your drawings and your desk rocks. Have a very Happy Easter!

ULKAU said...

How wonderful this, your idea again! A bird-circus - so funny and imaginative. So far, I only knew the song of the Bird Wedding ...
How nice to see again how developed your story. I am already curious to see the elephant soon. Ulrike, back again.

Christine said...

Adorable bears and a very good sketch!

Nicole Beadwright Campanella said...

So wonderful to have your sisters for a visit. Your bird sketches are so much fun and bring smiles and joy.

Giggles said...

Oh I do love these gals in their adorable outfits!! Wonderfully dressed all decked out for blog visiting... I imagine they came with!! I loved seeing how you create magical and fun! You have a great sense of humour and imagination! Such a pleasure to visit and really enjoy the visit!! Thank you Lavinia and Ethel for dressing up so lovely!! The brooch and the headband are seriously the best!!Your adorable sketches are so whimsical and fun. The stories are awesome too!! Thanks for sharing your beautiful self!! Glad you had a wonderful visit with the sisters!!

Hugs Giggles

Paper rainbow said...

You have an exceptionally tidy desk...mine is as messy and muddled as me!!! Your little bird is so much fun. Happy Easter!

Pia Rom said...

Haha, at all times the best stories to read! The circus run by birds! I mean how awesome is this, who don´t want to take a sneak peek into their shows! And what to see there: beautilishous flowers who can grow back easiely their leaves AFTER letting them fall whenever they want...Now I think about have they years of training time to absolve to learn this, or are they born like this?! Many questions arise...think I have to go to the show to get them answered ;) Hugs and happy easter Sheila!!♥ Conny

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful post! Herzlich Pippa

Granny Annie said...

Delightful surroundings and the unfolding of your lovely work.


Annette P. (aka LonettA) said...

So cute ... the teddies and the bird!
Wonderful post, dear Sheila!

Little Artbee said...

I love your colors and the super nice bird image. The little bears look sweet with their new clothes.

Vintagehandmade said...

It's fun, colorful and beautifuly done! Wonderful sketch and a great story! Love it!
Thank you so much for joining in our Crazy For Colour challenge at Anything But Cute! Branka DT x

sirkkis said...

Happy PPF to you Sheia - and to your cute bears,too 🐶

Samra Leshinski said...

Thank you so much for joining our Crazy for Colors challenge at Anything But Cute!
Samra DT
Paper Talk with Samra

Claudia ClaSpi-Art said...

Was für süße Teddybären, ach die sind sooooo süß!!!!! Und so hübsch angezogen, ich kann mich gar nicht trennen!
Auch deine Zeichnungen sind wieder Sheila-Stil-echt, ich finde du hast einen ganz wunderbaren Zeichenstil, er macht gute Laune und vertreibt die schlechten Gedanken!
Danke für das schöne Teddybild und die aufmunternde Zeichnung!
♥lich Claudia

janie said...

Lavinia and Ethel look very happy, they are definitely the stars today. Beautifully made outfits too x