Weekly Sketch – Decorative Elephants – 23/01/2016

I’ve had three little wooden painted decorative elephants since I was a child; I have no idea where they came from or how they came to me. And no one in my family remembers either. Anyway I am very fond of them, I used to make up stories as a child that they were a family and went on adventures and travels together. The blue one is slightly bigger and so is the Dad; the red one is the Mum – her eye used to made me think of make-up,long eyelashes and eyeliner; and so the orange one is the baby. They still stand in that order on my shelf after all these years and I wouldn’t like to change it.

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(© Catherine Cronin)

Weekly Sketch – Alhambra Parabolic Fountains – 05/07/2015

Quick sketch in pencil and pen of one of the Alhambra’s wonderful parabolic fountains in a courtyard garden.



(© Catherine Cronin)

Weekly Sketch – Japanese Anenome – 06/16/2015

I am working on a new design for a linocut print of a japanese anenome flower. I love growing colourful flowers on my balcony; I am fascinated by the variety of form, function and colours; the change from bud to bloom to seedhead. I am working towards doing a series of flower prints. I am cutting the lino currently for the first design I did for ‘Marigold’, which has set the tone to start the series, bold and graphic. I might try a few more variations before settling on the final design for the japanese anenome, but I am liking the bottom right image the best.


(© Catherine Cronin)


Weekly Sketch – Moorish Mirror – 27/01/2015

This drawing is of a Moorish style mirror bought back from my last trip to Spain. I love the arch shape and the stamped floral design in the silver metal frame. I have drawn the mirror in black marker pen and silver pencil. I am still working out what scene the mirror will reflect – a portrait? an interior? or a more hard to define image? I have cut out the centre of the mirror so that I can play with the reflected images I create.




(© Catherine Cronin)

Weekly Sketch – Marigold – 04/11/2014

I am working on a new design for a linocut print of a marigold flower. I grow marigolds on my balcony yearly; I just love their golden orange colour. I want a bold graphic image to reflect the boldness of the flower. I have almost resolved the image, just a few more variations in mind and then to cut the lino and print it.



(© Catherine Cronin)