My InkTober Project | Day 1 – 10


When October arrived, I jumped to join InkTober where artists all over the world take on a drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day in the entire month. Rather than following an official prompt list, I decided to do mini portraits of inspiring women.

At the start of the challenge, I was a bit disappointed how my portraits turned out – I thought they could be better but I then realised that what matters the most is subject, the meaning of these illustrations, rather than how good they are. The fact that I am having a lot of fun doing this project and practising with portrait drawing also matters.

I’ve shared pictures over at my Instagram under this hashtag #ksminiportraits and I love looking through #inktober2016 to see what others are up to. In my next post, I will share more of my portraits and some of my favourite InkTober artists!

My Daily Art In September



September wasn’t my good month in terms of painting every single day. I had to miss 5 days because of my road trip to Idar Oberstein, Germany with my sister – she needed to collect her stuff from where she used to live as she now lives in Bristol working as an Assistant Producer for BBC See Hear (read her awesome article on BBC Blog). As it was just me driving 10 hours each way, I didn’t find time to draw – I was too focussed on resting my eyes and stretching my legs when I wasn’t driving.

However I do really love what I’ve painted throughout September. I continued painting countrysides from my Peak District photos, and challenged myself to paint portraits in watercolour (I usually paint portraits with oil so for me painting portraits with watercolour is SO hard!) Like many, I am obsessed with the new TV series, Stranger Things and thought it’d be fun to paint the characters. Portraits above are two of the main characters, Eleven and Joyce Byers. I’ve got Barb, Chief Hopper, Dustin and few others on my list waiting to be painted! I am also making it my ongoing project – to paint my favourite TV characters with watercolour.

I’ve been sketching mushrooms too. I am warming up to start painting a series of british wild mushrooms, and I might turn them into a print if they go well. Keep your eyes out at my Instagram for work in progress snaps!

Peak District In Film | Part 3










nikon f4, kodak gold 200, developed by carmencita film lab

On our last day, we visited Chatsworth House and took our time looking around the house. There were so many beautiful art and sculptures to admire. We continued our visit by exploring the gardens, that had fountains, maze (where we excitedly joined but failed miserably!) and greenhouse.

Before driving back home, we stopped by Bakewell for delicious roast dinner at The Peacock and visited The Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop.

Peak District is truly beautiful and I am thrilled that it is only about an hour away so next time we’d like to visit north part – I hear Upper Derwent Valley is a must visit. If you are a regular visitor of Peak District, I would love to hear your recommendations!

This post is continued from Part 1 and Part 2.

Peak District In Film | Part 2
















nikon f4, kodak gold 200, developed by carmencita film lab

I captured these beautiful landscapes when we did Mam Tor circular walk, climbing to the summit of Mam Tor and walking back to car park via steep narrow path, broken road caused by a landslide (amazing to look at), Blue John Cavern, and fields where we met some sheep friends. They mostly looked like they wanted to kill us though!

This post is continued from Peak District | Part 1.

Peak District In Film | Part 1













nikon f4, kodak gold 200, developed by carmencita film lab

Last month, Aneurin and I made an impromptu visit to Peak District. We were camping in a lovely campsite near Buxton, and Bakewell just 15 minutes drive away. We spent the first day visiting Bakewell for late breakfast, setting up our temporary home, and searching to buy camping hook up plug so that we could have coffee in the mornings!

In second day, we found out how unfit we were by walking up a very steep hill to Peveril Castle in the village of Castleton, but the beautiful views we got in the end was definitely worth it. We then visited Eyam, a ‘plague village’ that went into voluntary quarantine, and because of that it is one of best-preserved villages in the area. We also went to beautiful Eyam Hall and its gardens.

I took so many photos they will be distributed in next few posts. Next time, I’ll tell you about our Mam Tor circular walk, naturally with more landscape photos featuring some cute sheep I met along the way!

My Daily Art In August






In August, I was finishing my butterfly series and as many of you know, I turned them into a print and notebook. Read all about them here. Small tortoiseshell butterfly in particular (1st picture above) seemed to be the favourite. I had a few print requests when I shared the picture on my Instagram. I love that one of the customers actually bought it for her son’s bedroom because his first ever sign (as in sign language) is ‘butterfly’ and she sent me a photo of it framed, which looks really pretty.

In my last daily art post, I talked about setting myself a challenge, to step outside my comfort zone when painting, so I’ve been painting countryside views from photos I took in Peak District. They are not the greatest but when I finished it (3rd picture above), I was pretty chuffed with it! It was my first landscape painting after all. It was hard and time consuming I wasn’t confident while painting it and then with fresh eyes, I was like OH that is lovely! I want to continue this intention to challenge myself every now and then.

In related (AND exciting) news, one of my illustrations has ‘made it’ in the tattoo world! My line drawing, drawn from still life, of eucalyptus was chosen by a young lady that found me in Instagram and had the top part of said illustration inked on her back. I couldn’t be more touched to know that there’s someone that love my work enough to have it inked. Here’s a picture of my eucalyptus illustration for comparsion.

Owning Sketchbooks








I’ve just finished my fifth sketchbook. This time last year, I realised that even though I had been an artist for as long as I could remember, I had never properly owned a sketchbook – I was a hardcore perfectionist back then, so if I messed up a drawing in my sketchbook I’d tear the page off and eventually gave up with the idea of owning a sketchbook.

I was silly, wasn’t I? Sketchbook is meant to be a space for you to practise and experiment . I can’t remember what triggered it but I decided to let it go and made a pact with myself, that I’d continually own a sketchbook and draw away, no matter what is the outcome. At the beginning, it wasn’t an easy trip – I was itching to tear off some of the pages I didn’t like, but by Christmas it wasn’t difficult anymore.

However, looking back at all my sketchbooks I’ve owned, I would say I am a ‘safe’ sketch-er. I occasionally drew with pencil and then fine liner over the top so I have a neater drawing in the end. I used fine liner 99% of the time. I stuck with subjects I usually draw. Basically, I didn’t go wild in these pages.

So, I am making another goal within my intention to own sketchbooks –

Be a wild sketch-er!