11/03 – 17/03/2019 Sketches

Hi there. Welcome to my weekly summary of sketches and review of progress.

This week features the start of a new grey mid-tone sketchbook that portrays British weather more appropriately.


Victoria Park:

Started with a quick lunchtime perspective in Victoria Park. Of course the cars hub-caps were my primary focus – in fact, I only added the rest of the cars outline after drawing the alloys. I also enjoyed exaggerating the curve in the road and the single yellow line.

Bath Abbey – 2min Sketch

As I walked past Bath Abbey (through the archway), I tried a quick outline thumbnail sketch. Admittedly, the proportions weren’t quite right, but [in my defence] I only had 2mins before lunch break was over. I later added the white sky outline.

Royal Crescent – 35mins

With just about enough time to do a sketch, I headed off to my favourite jaw-dropping location in the city to try and sketch it loosely.

Having then shared it on an Urban Sketching group I’m part of, it blew me away the incredible response I got – the most likes since joining the group. Major encouragement!

Moorland Road Shops

That same day (after work), I had caught some kind of sketching bug and just had to draw. This was the view out of a cafe window at some shops opposite. The sun was starting to set which was perfect for testing out a night scene with night lights.

Bath Abbey [from photo]

Having not drawn from a photo in a while, I went back to it in this next piece. I must admit, it is a lot better being somewhere and drawing what’s in front of you.

Rainy Milsom Street

Yes, indeed. I sat through a light drizzle to attempt this drawing. I really wanted to focus on the weather as it was the dominant thing in this scene.

Holburne Museum

And finally, I started a new grey mid-tone sketchbook which portrays British weather realistically. This is from a photo I took of the Holburne Museum in the snow.

Best of 2017: Blog Info-graphics

Abstract: As we are fast approaching the end of another year, its time for another annual blog review. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank each one of you for being a part of my journey with Reposed Thought. Your engagement and encouragement have been invaluable, and spur me on as a writer, designer and poet. Many thanks.

With so much to learn from, to be thankful for and to be challenged by, here are the stats from 2017 – the stuff you really cared about. Enjoy.

God bless.

Top 10 Posts:

Top 10 Blog Posts

  1. RT Evening Standard nomination: Best new-comer April Fools!! Lesson One – don’t believe everything you read on 1st April. On the flip side, I had lots of fun listening to friends congratulate me before reading further.. 😀
  2. 20 Favourite Poetic One-Liners (Rhyming) A compilation of my favourite lines from poems that I’ve composed. Enjoy!
  3. Love Your Neighbour- Short Poem Written  to go with a sermon from the bible passage Matthew 22:34-40.
  4. Zambia: Day Eleven – Final Goodbye Day eleven of 12: Part of a daily photography journal I kept whilst visiting my home country, Zambia.
  5. Zambia: Day One – Welcome HomeDay one of 12: Excitement, anticipation, reality. All the initial reactions & emotions of visiting home after 5 years.
  6. Screen Watching on the Train Reflections on this generations growing and worrying mobile phone addiction
  7. Zambia: Day Two – Copperbelt Day two of 12: Returning to my home city after 5 years; such a good feeling!
  8. Zambia: Day Five – Last of Kitwe Day five of 12: After a few days on the Copperbelt Province, it was time to head back.   
  9. London Bishopsgate – Walking Tour Photographic tour with a friend in one of the capital’s high-rise districts, Bishopsgate.
  10. 7 Days in B&W 7 days, 7 photo’s in black and white; No people. No explanations.

Top 10 Countries:

Top 10 Countries

Visitors to the blog came from a grand total of 53 different countries in 2017.

Countries as wide ranging as Venezuela, Namibia, Solomon Islands and Bulgaria. Thank you!

Most Popular Month:

Most Popular Month

April was by far the busiest month this year. This is mainly because of the ‘April Fools’ post and the daily photo journal of my trip to Zambia, my home country.


Stay tuned for more content in 2018.

Happy New Year!


“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.”

PSALM 23

20 Favourite Poetic One-Liners (Rhyming)

1. BIG CITY DREAMS

“Blinded by the lights, I’m drawn in by the crowds,

An eclectic group of people, rubbing shoulders without smiles”

2. MINDLESS VIOLENCE

“Started out as kids, stealing Pepsi cans and sweets,

But nowadays being stopped and asked questions by police”

3. PLATEAUED AMBITION

“Life flashed by, I was soon reminiscing,

As slowly I drowned, in a plateaued Ambition”

4. CHASING AFTER THE WIND

“Yesterday she was the one, yet today we call her old news,

And move onto the next one, Our values greatly skewed”

5. WORDS I NEVER SAID

“Our last conversation I now contemplate,

Abruptness of what followed made my heart disintegrate”

6. LOST ONES

“But soon there would be trouble, and unforeseen change,

Which led to separation, and hearts so full of rage”

7. A WRITERS STRUGGLE

“Freedom of expression, hell-bent at its mastery,

But when it didn’t flow, anxiety seeped craftily”

8. TALES OF DEVASTATION

“At this stark situation, tales of devastation,

Families ripped apart, and destroyed past restoration”

9. LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOUR

“His words cut through, like a dagger to the heart,

Exposing their hypocrisy; blind religiosity”

10. DEAR LONDON

“Demonically possessed, with intent to spread fear,

Instead were met with bravery, and love beyond compare,”


11. MUNDANE

“Mundane! Everyday is the same,

Wake up, go to work. Slowly going insane”

12. TALES OF INSECURITY

“What did they even mean by that? And why said in that tone?

I dialogue internally to calculate my wrongs”

13. BUDGET AIRLINE TALES

“A queue jumper the highlight, as she mussels her way past me,

An angry woman shouts “Oi! You must be a nutter!”

14. THE ART OF BLAGGING

“But little do they know you haven’t even got the foggiest,

But pride gets in the way, and you start speaking with such confidence”

15. EASTER

“A choice between a criminal and him, they chose the latter,

And proceeded with mob justice, his back they whipped and battered”

16. ANTI-SOCIAL MEDIA

“But no one else was there, so she posts pics on the internet,

900 friends, but no one there to share the moment with”

17. TALES OF AN INTROVERT

“Wish I said all of the things that were locked up in my mind,

But now times gone, it feels like I’m wasting mine”

18. POOR MAN’S TALE

“It’s cold, you’re ignored, and exposed to the elements,

Abandoned in negligence, considered irrelevant”

19. CHIPOLOPOLO 2015: CAN HISTORY REPEAT ITSELF?

“The weight of this moment precedes grown men’s cries,

As we remember our dearly loved brothers who died.”

20. THE ANGRY SHARPNESS MONSTER

“Not much sleep was had as he set off at break of dawn,

The thought of being at sea always had his attention drawn.”


All the above poems are originals written & composed by the author of Reposed Thought:

© Gome

Thanks for stopping by

MySpace – by Flame (Careful what you post)

Old But Pure Gold!


Back in the days when social media was still in its relative infancy, US Christian rapper Flame came onto the music scene with his self titled debut album ‘FLAME’ (2004). With early hits like ‘To my Heart’ and ‘Racial Diversity’, he really brought a challenging but (rarely seen) positive dimension to the hip hop movement. On his third album (Our World: Fallen), he delivered the hit MySpace, which looked at why we post what we do on social media. Its a story that is still relevant today (except its not MySpace, Bebo or Hi5. Instead its Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Pintrest and so much more). Despite the changing times, however, one thing remains the same as we still (almost exclusively) share our “best self” on social media. The story in this song is that of young Chanté Andrea Jones, whose feeling down and lonely because she’s not being shown love at home.

“Young Chanté Andrea Jones, never met her father and mama’s never home,

Plus she’s 15 and she lies about her age. She’s always on her phone or her Myspace page.”

(Flame – MySpace ft. Diamone)

In search of acceptance, she turns to her so-called online friends (some who she knows, others she doesn’t). What follows is a series of messages with a guy she doesn’t know, things escalate and before you know it they are meeting up face to face. I won’t spoil it too much (I probably have already, sorry), but ultimately the message is to be careful what we share online. We don’t know who we are inviting into our lives without knowing it. Have a listen to his thoughts in this thought provoking, lyrically sound and pretty sick tune (UK slang – google it) 😛


©2007

Song: Myspace

Artist: Flame (feat. Diamone)

Album: Our World: Fallen

Letter to Hip Hop

Abstract: The outpouring of lyrical poetry, fused with slick, well crafted, and hefty beats. That’s my definition of hip hop, a genre of incredible power and influence (some positive, some negative). In this video, US rapper ‘Bizzle’ reflects on and challenges some of the things that mainstream hip hop teaches us. I’d highly recommend listening even if you’re not a big hip hop fan.


I’m an ardent lover of hip hop/rap music. At it’s best, its blissful beats, charming melodies and poetic artistry make it so easy and delightful to listen to. It has historically been praised for helping break down racial and ethnic divides in the USA and has brought about lots of other positive change over time. Having grown up in what I would call a ‘hip-hop generation,’ it is clear that it’s power and influence are not always a good thing. We are all products of our environments and a big part of youth culture today is influenced by hip hop. Rap videos are typically filled with ‘mob-like’ groups of men either flashing weapons or giving off that impression as a symbol of their power. The overuse of sexual references coupled with rappers that would appear to be defined by what they have (e.g. expensive cars, jewellery, etc) are also typical characteristics that form the marketable hip hop artist/video. One of my favourite positive rappers, Jahaziel, paints a lovely picture in his rhymes of the kind of impact that our background, surroundings and personal choices have on us when he says this:

“They say some things are taught, some things are caught, some things are said, some things are thought, we all absorb stuff that we’ve grown around, that’s how it goes around.” (Song: ‘Round and Round’ – by Jahaziel)


The danger, I feel, with the single perspective portrayed by hip hop is that it affects young minds that grow up wanting that same lifestyle – the life of a hustler – even though the harsh realities of ‘ghetto life’ or working in the music industry would frighten the majority of us that buy into it. Hip hop repeatedly pushes messages through our moral and value filters and can get our heads bopping whether we agree with the lyrics or not (this might include how we view women, treat money, or even see God). It affects how we dress, who we hang out with, how we think and in a nutshell who we are. Another of my favourite rappers, ‘Shai-Linne’ (pronounced ‘Shy Lynn), summarises his view on why more conscience rap isn’t pushed forward by mainstream sources.

“The radio refuse to play stuff like this, cause they’re shady so they choose the unrighteous. They want your minds – vain guys long for power. Labels pay ’em to play the same five songs an hour. A lot ain’t even hot. In fact, I heard the same song so many times I almost forgot it was wack. When the same message is pumped repeatedly, maybe not immediately, but sooner or later the seed will be a tree.” (Song: Slow Down – Shai Linne ft. Eric)

We might not think that what we listen to affects us much, but in the same way that we are what we eat, we are what we listen to. I do hope this challenges you to think more about what your mind is absorbing however well articulated or nicely sounding. As much as I still love hip hop/rap music, I’m a huge advocate for more lyrically sound and conscience rappers like Lecrae, Shai Linne, S.O, Trip Lee, Jahaziel, Flame, Dwayne Tryumf and Guvna B to name a few.

Blessings 🙂

Welcome Home – Guvna B (ft. Ja Rule Interlude)

In this chilled, upbeat, lyrical exposition, Guvna B [London-based rapper] challenges the traditional view of ‘church’ that suggests you need to dress, act or be a certain way in order to be accepted.

The bible simply says ‘come as you are’:

“Come to me, all who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

(Matthew 11:28)


In the interlude, famous US rapper Ja Rule shares his experience of church (past and present) and how his view of it being very strict and for a certain type of person was flipped in an incredible way when he visited Hillsong church.

The thing about church that I think is important to remember is that nobody’s perfect. We’re all human and that means that we all fail sometimes – including misrepresenting God in our words and actions. I hope you won’t let past experiences of church, or fallible Christian’s, stop you from exploring who God is for yourself.

Well worth a listen 🙂

Architecture: “Isn’t that like 7 years?”

1-1 Detail (near)

1:1 Detail Section – Part of final year Architecture & Planning projectSketch - Me Sketch - Shoes

Background: So I’ve just met someone for the first time and not long into our conversation this tends to happen.


Person: “So, what do you do?”

Me: “I study Architecture and Planning”

Person: “Oh wow. Architecture? Isn’t that like, 5 years?”

Me: “Um… no, its actually 7 [UK standard] but its broken up…”

Person: “7 years?????? That’s worse than being a doctor..”

*My Head*: *think happy thoughts*.. *must think happy thoughts*


Self-motivation is such a struggle sometimes and on a course of this length the emphasis is even greater to get you across that line.

But why so long? The general structure in the UK means that you study your Part 1 for 3 years (4 in my case with planning), work a year in industry, study a further 2 years (Part 2), then do Part 3 exams before finally becoming a registered architect. I probably lost you halfway through that sentence and many people are switched off at the thought of studying for so long, but is it 7 years of sheer doom and gloom?

The thing about architecture that I’ve learnt to treasure most on my relatively “short” journey (so far) is studio-culture. The design studio is what I would call the ‘brains factory,’ where designs, ideas, knowledge and thoughts are bounced around, shared with peers and tutors alike and ultimately tested to see if they would work in reality. I’ve seen some weird, wacky, outrageous and brilliant creations formed in these spaces and a real sense of community exists there.

The past week has been a great example of this. As part of our on-going final year project, we were each asked to hand draw a detailed 1:1 scale (which is real-life scale) cut-through of the buildings we’re proposing, with a human figure to illustrate scale. This meant a week spent working in a particular space with particular people around you. With limited tutor contact hours and lots of us doing details we weren’t particularly familiar with, it meant an intense week of collaborating with others to figure out what exactly was needed. This really encouraged us to interact and share knowledge, food, music, laughs, and life. It all culminated in some incredible drawings yesterday afternoon, but also increased friendship bonds between us.

Why do I share this? If you have a passion for something, don’t let what others say discourage you or limit your potential. In the words of US singer/songwriter ‘Pitbull’ (I know, you’re probably wondering where I’m going with this, but bare with me) he says “Reach for the stars and if you don’t grab ’em at least you’ll fall on top of the world”. In saying this, you still need to be ready to grind through hardship and struggle. It won’t be plain sailing and even the best, most talented minds I’ve had the privilege of working with have their ‘off days.’

The thought (and now reality) of several of my peers ‘settling’ into the working world long before I ever leave uni scares me sometimes. But I never lose hope and I’m greatly comforted by the words of Ecclesiastes 3:1 [below] which helps put things in perspective. It makes me “look past where I am and see where I should be” (another quote from a song.. ‘It Would Take All Day – by Kirk Franklin’).


“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.”

(Ecclesiastes 3:1)