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Valerie Gardiner
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A FEW MORE PORTRAITS
  My portrait sketchbook project is carrying on in the background while I work on my needlepainting during the afternoons.   I switch off my sewing machine and go downstairs at 5.30 to pick up my pencils and sketchbook to try and capture another family memb...

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OUR FAVOURITE BEACH
  Here's my latest needlepainting, a view of Tourony plage, our favourite beach and one of the iconic images of Ploumanac'h used in most of the publicity for this wonderful area of the pink granite coast. I collected together a bunch of photos of the little...

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Valerie Gardiner commented on a post on Blogger.
What a brave girl you are!  I don't mind outdoor sketching when it's dry but wet and windy is just right for a bit of indoor artwork.  I'm really enjoying your new blog by the way, keep up the good work.

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SKETCHBOOK 40 PART 2
  I've been searching through all my old photos for suitable subjects for my portrait sketchbook and I've spent a lot of time nostalging.  It's very easy to get sidetracked isn't it!  Here is a photo taken in 1966 of my youngest sister Juliet when she was 1...

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NEW SKETCHBOOK, NEW THEME
  I've reached a milestone starting sketchbook number 40 and I thought I would dedicate it to drawing portraits of my family over the years.  There are over 60 pages so I have plenty of scope to practise my drawing skills copying photos and trying to achiev...

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SKETCHBOOK 38 FINISHED AT LAST
  The scallop season has finished here now but for a few weeks we were able to buy the freshest seafood from our friend at the port. One day I asked her for a few shells to draw and she kindly washed a handful for me.     The flat side of the shell was perf...

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