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Wednesday, January 17

Cheers to Hot Chocolate and Winter Scribbles

Molten Hot Chocolate Pour

Chocolate is best when melted. Maybe that's why I like to dunk any double-chocolate Milano or dark chocolate Digestive into my hot cuppas? :) How about you?

Imagining this molten chocolate glaze poured over fresh, soft, strawberried gooey goodness made for quite a sweet tooth day all round in the real world, let me tell you. But, was it worth it? Totally!

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Speaking of sweeter fair, I have a special announcement to make! With my birthday coming up soon, I've been contemplating a personal creative challenge of getting in the habit of drawing something (no matter how quick, small or silly) every day! Yes, that can be rather daunting but the benefits are plenty too. As it is, posting only once a week (to Instagram, at least) doesn't exactly help build a greater reach as much as publishing more regularly. Doing this challenge would not only help to that end, but, more importantly, also exercise my raw skills and creative mind further, engaging my imagination more so in turn—something which I think is so crucial to creativity.

Several days ago, I asked on my Instagram what people thought about it. Overwhelmingly, others liked the idea and some had suggestions of what to focus on. So, I've decided to keep my daily sketches quite loose, quick and just exploring various styles of lines, expressions, gestures, or even what's in front of me—whatever comes to mind that day, as a sort of logue of daily muses.

I wonder then if any of you would like to join in? (No need to answer that here though if not able, btw.) Andrea (@ falling ladies) is already on board! This wouldn't require any formal sign-ups, follow-ups with others or anything like that. Rather, it's simply an opportunity to see how far this year you can go with making time for sketching. Simple really. Just get a pad of paper and start doodling! We can check in with each other every now and then for encouragement, if you want, and you don't even have to have Instagram to play along. Andrea's already come up with #dailysketchplan2018 for those of us who want to post to IG their work, but you certainly don't have go/be there. January 20th will be the official launch, btw! (We wanted to give you some heads up for consideration.)

So, how about it? Invest in your art and watch it grow! It would be so lovely knowing there was even just one of you out there, sitting at your kitchen table or wherever, and playing along. Whether you show the work or not is entirely up to you and if you miss a few days now and then, no problem. (It's really more about your intent.) I'm thinking it might be fun to present a collection of my most fun pieces every week or so here too. Hmmm.... We shall see. Thank you! :)

Wednesday, January 10

Some picnic today!

You never know who you're going to bump into at this Scribble Picnic! Keep on your toes though because some of your favourite fiction characters may take you by surprise, like Mr. Toad here. Looks like he's planning some wild ride somewhere. Plane? Car? Scooter? Who knows, but don't give him any cockamamie ideas!

...Um, why's Toad pointing back to Toad Hall and who is that lady he's talking to (or is he chatting her up?)  between rather curiously long sips of that delicious brew?!

"I say, fancy watching the good old girl for a fortnight or so? Glorious stirring sites on the horizon and all that, waiting to be discovered. What's that? Oh, no, no, no... those beastly weasels shouldn't be any problem at all. They are...well, err...quite funny really — scurrilous little things. Ratty will pop in now and then and have a look in on you, no worries..."

Oh, incorrigible Toad! "You promised not to get up to any silly antics now. Remember?!"

"Err...Sorry, Madam, pressing matters.... Poop-poop, must dash!"

"Mr. Toad! Come back here, at once!"

Yes, sorry, folks, I'll be right back — do hope your guests aren't quite as... rousing, shall we say? Oh, and do please sign the guest registrar whilst at it. Thank you!

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