‘Until one has loved an animal a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.’ Anatole France.

02 Nov

Stories from my Sketchbook . . . 

I have never met this wee dog but I loved him as soon as I saw him.  I guess my soul is good to go . . .

Original photo by Australian photographer Alex Cearns
(I love her photo books of animal portraits and they’re also great as photo references for me to practise new techniques and try out new art materials.
Although, having said that, here I am back to using my trusty old blue biro . . . )


Posted by on November 2, 2018 in Uncategorized


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10 responses to “‘Until one has loved an animal a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.’ Anatole France.

  1. Anonymous

    November 4, 2018 at 9:22 pm

    You’ve captured the eyes beautifully


  2. Pam Talbot

    November 3, 2018 at 1:33 pm

    You just keep getting better & better Sal! This little puppy is just about jumping off the page! ❤️


    • sallyinthehaven

      November 3, 2018 at 3:12 pm

      Thanks Pammy – and welcome back! Look forward to hearing all about your trip. 🙂


  3. Judy

    November 3, 2018 at 7:52 am

    Brilliant sketch Sally and I know this is a philistine type question but did you run out of ink?!


    • sallyinthehaven

      November 3, 2018 at 3:21 pm

      Not sure what you mean Judy. Do you mean because I used a biro instead of the usual india ink? If so – then no! I just really like to sketch in biro, especially blue biro. I like the ‘soft’ effect it gives, and he was such a soft squishy pup . . .


      • Judy

        November 4, 2018 at 1:44 pm

        Sorry Sal, I meant did the biro run out of ink? I just thought it would seem like a very ‘practical’ question when your work is so ‘soft and squishy’ and more ethereal than practical! I guess I was wondering how many biros it takes to complete one beautiful sketch!


        • sallyinthehaven

          November 5, 2018 at 7:23 am

          Oh I see! Well the answer is no, not at all. I have discovered there is a surprising amount of ink in an ordinary cheap old biro – and the one I used for this is still going strong! 🙂


  4. Vee

    November 2, 2018 at 10:10 am

    Awesome sketch Sal. Is it all done with a blue pen?


    • sallyinthehaven

      November 2, 2018 at 10:27 am

      Thanks Vee. Yep – all done with an ordinary Bic biro. 🙂



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