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My advance copies of the much-anticipated “Citysketch London” arrived with a thump, immediately preceded by the sound of a rumbling UPS truck engine racing up my gravel driveway, accompanied by a cacophony of high-pitched yelps from my two minuscule and mostly ineffective watch dogs.

Dashing out to my mudroom deck, and stepping around the serpentine-machinations of these hysterical small pooches, I grabbed the great big box and felt a palpable “yippee” as I read the return address as Hachette.

The books!

Ripping the seam in two with my trusty pair of kitchen scissors (the pair that my three darling children know to never remove from their ready spot), I reached in and pulled out my prize.

This book is special. I’m not sure why. I love New York. I love Paris. In the Springtime, and all the time. And I’ve traveled to both with my brood of curious children.

But London has some sort of a grip on my soul as a mom, a wanderer, an artist, a lover of history and a serious anglophile.

So, first order of business was to sit immediately on my cozy couch and read the book, cover to cover. Each page is such a personal family album from our London2012 (go TeamGB) during the Olympics that I feel as though if I look closely enough, I’ll see the eager faces of my three big kids out and about in the city by the Thames. Come to think of it, while I had the chance, I should have left little clues in my illustrations but beyond sketching our exact tube, train, museum and theatre tickets as sketch subjects, I hadn’t thought of it!

The satisfaction is surely a wonderful feeling, and after closing the cover, and feeling an enormous itch to hop on a plane to follow the travel guides of this wonderful book, I walked instead to my big old country covered deck and had a little photo shoot.

Cause, why not?

Cheering on TeamGB during the London2012 Olympics

Cheering on TeamGB during the London2012 Olympics





Hello to fabulously crafty, whimsical & oh so delightful “Mollie Makes”, a world of British ingenuity, creativity and inspiration. And lucky me to have the chance to chat with them about my new book, Citysketch London.

And lucky you to have the chance to win a copy!

With the launch date a swift dozen days away, I’d love to share this delightful interview, featuring a bit about the perfect sketching tools and more.

Oh, Glorious city by the Thames! How you inspire me:

Travel sketchbook: Win a Citysketch London Book http://www.molliemakes.com/interiors-2/win-citysketch-london-travel-sketchbook/ #London #Thames #Book

Rowing on the Thames, Citysketch London

Rowing on the Thames, Citysketch London




For an upcoming interview with Mollie Makes to appear on their fabulous website on 2 July, I completed a few of the prompts from the soon-to-launch Citysketch London.

I read through the digital version that I have here in my studio, and chose three of the myriad of wonderful sketch prompts to complete for this super fun assignment.

Granted, I wasn’t IN London, nor did I have time to jet off to this city that I love, but managed to use my imagination to sketch a little something.

The race to the finish line, with the throngs of Union Jack-waving fans gathered along the Thames is shown here, amidst the original artwork of the page, is the result, and, incidentally, one of the very favorites of my hundreds of London illustrations.



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