Art of Friendship

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One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Luoyang, China

Myanmar (Burma)

There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship. 

– Thomas Aquinas

Loikaw, Myanmar (Burma)

There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends.
I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature.
– Jane Austen


A true friend freely, advises justly, assists readily, adventures boldly,
takes all patiently, defends courageously, and
continues a friend unchangeably.

– William Penn


Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their work.
If one falls down, his friend can help him up.
– Ecclesiastes 4

Pagan, Myanmar (Burma)

Katmandu, Nepal


Chiang Mai, Thailand

Kampala, Uganda

The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand,
not the kindly smile…

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EV – Edition Various Linocuts

I’ve spent the afternoon printing in my neighbour’s studio and have managed to get the second colour onto the print.  Who knew Magenta and white could make such a lovely pink.  Next week I will be putting a third colour on and depending how that looks, may be even a fourth!

I even had some ink leftover which meant that so could do some more prints of my surfer boy.  As I’ve now done this in several different colours, the prints become known as EV – Edition Various.

Reclaiming Wax Crayons

You know the ones, in the box, by Crayola, and the smell…takes you back doesn’t it?

Well, I’ve decided to reclaim them and have started experimenting.  Here is some of the work so far, produced over the last week.

Imaginary Landscape

Apple with Shadows

Abstract using wax crayon and watercolour

Instagram For Artists

I don’t know about you, but until three years ago I thought Instagram was only for teenagers and wouldn’t suit me at all. However, being keen on social media, I thought I’d have a look and I haven’t looked back.

It turns out that artists use Instagram a lot – as you can see from the screen shot of my account, it nicely creates a portfolio of your work.


Like all social media, accounts are very easy to set up. Instagram uses hashtags in the usual way and is very responsive; linking you up with artists worldwide.

So, if you are an artist or like looking at art why not join the Instagram community – hope to see you there!

Getting Into The Habit

I don’t believe in New Year resolutions but I have wanted to get into the habit of drawing everyday.  

I had a lightbulb moment on a drawing course this week when the sketchbook was described as a diary.  In fact, Frida Kahlo referred to her sketchbooks as just that. We were given examples of other artists’ sketch books too, such as Henry Moore, Woody Guthrie and Turner.  Here is an image from Kahlo’s diary.

So my plan is to draw everyday if I can.   Not in a ‘chore’ sort of way but hopefully in a creative way.  The importance for me is to be free, not worry about the quality of my work, how it’s laid out etc.  I will write in it too.  Let’s hope I keep it going…

Discovering a New Artist

I came across the Scottish artist Alison Thomas yesterday during an evening class I am doing on painting and drawing creatively.  The theme this week, and for the next two, is the Circus; and her images fit very well with this.

Sable and Ox

Thomas paints mostly in oils and is influenced by the artists, Modigliani, Paul Klee and Gustav Klimt.  She also has an interest in fairytales and medieval tapestries.

Tightrope Tango

I am going to draw ‘Tightrope Tango’, overlay it with pen and ink and finish with a watercolour wash.  The latter is something I haven’t done before, so I am looking forward to experimenting with it.

Here Comes The Sun
Here Comes The Sun

Playing with iPhone Art

I have being taking a different approach to how I use my photos and so have been experimenting with different apps to create art by combining several photos and adding artistic techniques through the use of various apps.  Here are my first attempts…I’m very much at the early stages!

All Good!
All Good!
Door Bells
Door Bells

Abstract Monoprinting!

I haven’t done any monoprinting for a while.  This is the process of drawing or painting onto a glass plate and then laying paper onto the image and burnishing to get the print.  There are many ways to do monoprinting, but this is my preferred method.  What I really like about monoprints is that they are totally unique and cannot be re-printed.   This is because, after the first print, there is insufficient ink left on the plate.

So, last week I was doing some linocut printing and I had some ink left over on the plate.  Not wanting to waste any of it I did a painting of Sydney Harbour Bridge.  I hope you like it.

Sydney Harbour Bridge Monoprint

Loving Instagram!

I properly discovered Instagram in 2016 and am loving it!  It has turned into a social media tool that’s really popular with all artists and offers a great portfolio platform.  Having recently been in Australia, I have been interacting with folk there – they are very engaged with Instagram.  So now I try do a mix of posts for a UK and an Australian audience.

This week I was delighted to have been selected as the Shooter Photo of the day by Shooter Magazine Australia for my image of Sydney Opera House, that I took last month.

You can follow me on Instagram @helenlscottart