Posted in December 2013 Sally Black, Drawing

Sally Black- Christmas lunch

Sally Black, your dedicated artist in residence presents… Christmas Lunch. Even in my overfed state, it still looks sensational.






Thank you so much Sally for sharing this.  Art is a lucky friend indeed to be sharing your Christmas lunch.

I have had a wonderful day and I hope you have as well.  Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!

Posted in Artist in Residence, December 2013 Sally Black, Drawing

Sally Black, Artist in Residence- Nest Studies


I find nests so beautiful, complex, exciting and each one leaves me wondering how on earth each bird could possibly put it together.

Nests with spider’s web, wire, plastic sheep’s wool, clothing fibres (including bits of fluffy hood trims from 3-year-old’s coats hanging on the coat rack at work…) ALL individual and worthy of a sketch !!!

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This is the third in Sally’s series as artist in residence for a bigger picture of her talents see also collections and random sketches of ordinary things  Thanks Sally for sharing your work!

Posted in an hour or two, December 2013 Sally Black, Drawing, Painting, Uncategorized

Collections- Sketching what is important to you – or someone else!

Welcome back to Sally Black our Artist in Residence who is joining us each Wednesday for December.  Here she is…

It is fun to gather some objects that are important in your life or represent a special time , then sketch them.

It does not matter about accuracy with this – the fun of thinking about what is important to you is the challenge.

This is what I came up with….


Here is another I created for a friend for his birthday – a lot of fun to do !!!


Note from Sophie- you saw this coming… Your turn, don’t think too much, pick one thing which is important to you, then another, then another and when you have some, pick up your pen and off you go.  It is that easy to give it a go!

Posted in 15 Minutes, Artist in Residence, December 2013 Sally Black, Drawing

Sally Black, Artist in Residence- Random Sketches of Ordinary Things!!

I love to see the extraordinary in the ordinary – here are some odd quick sketches that I did last year with the challenge of doing a quick sketch each day till I filled my little sketchbook . I used a uniball pen and committed to the lines I created – good or bad, then added a little bit of colour from my trusty watercolour travel palette.

Here are some of the quirky ones..

a CPR dummy at the first aid course


My son having an eye test.


Visiting a sick friend at the hospital.


My early morning double shot from Ricardo’s on the way to work.


My work !! – before the 22 children arrive !


Everything but the….




All images are original works by Sally Black.  Please do not use these works without permission.

Posted in Artist in Residence, December 2013 Sally Black, Drawing, Making Art, Painting

December’s Artist Called Anyone in Residence is… Sally Black!

It is my joy and privilege to introduce December’s Artist Called Anyone in Residence, Sally Black.  I know you will love her too, you won’t be able to help it; Sally is a simply a joyous person to be around.  Anyone who can smile a huge smile after spending a rainy day inside with 22 three year olds is a friend of mine!  She also whips up sketches and paintings in her spare time!

I was lifted and inspired the first time I saw Sally’s art work.  I am crossing my fingers she will share some techniques with us as well as some of her work.  Sally will be posting each Wednesday in December.  Welcome!


Janet Hope, our first Artist in Residence began the tradition of each Artist in Residence answering the following question…

If Art were a person, how would I describe my relationship ?  Here is Sally’s answer.

 If Art were a person, our relationship would be ever-changing, continuous, evolving, surprising, obsessive, exciting, private, public, quiet, loud and ever present.

The relationship would hang onto me like metal to a giant magnet causing me to see the unexpected, notice the beauty and recognise infinite possibilities.

Art would encourage me to look where others do not see, and would always want me to record a time, place, experience and memory onto paper with ink and pigment.

There would be no time restrictions in the relationship- plenty of pauses to reflect, imagine and create.

There would be no right and wrong- just interpretation and perception.

My relationship with art would invade my soul- making me who I once was, who I am now and who I will become.

Living without Art would be merely existing.

Sally Black hanging out with her good friend Art.
Sally Black hanging out with her good friend Art.