A Stag at Bay

Stag on the Hillside

Another chalk pastel this week! I like using this sketchier style, and I felt like I got to experiment more with colour this week. I dream of being good enough at working in colour that I can communicate convincing light schemes for different times of day, and go abstract and do Matisse-inspired rainbow faced people.

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Book Review: The Mystery of Princess Louise by Lucinda Hawksley

The Mystery of Princess Louise by Lucinda Hawksley

(goodreads) I got this book from the library and my feelings are so-so about it. It wasn't as engaging as the Massie biography of Catherine the Great, in part because Louise, as the sixth daughter of Queen Victoria, had a lot less power and influence than Catherine the Great. It was interesting as an insight … Continue reading Book Review: The Mystery of Princess Louise by Lucinda Hawksley

Book Review: Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

(goodreads link) So I've been re-united with my book collection after a year abroad and I've been rereading all my old favourites. Among these is Graceling by Kristin Cashore, a YA Fantasy novel set in a land where certain people are 'graced' by being extremely talented at something, like baking, hand-to-hand fighting, or even predicting the future. … Continue reading Book Review: Graceling by Kristin Cashore