Drawing Challenge #18

The aim is to do as many detailed drawings as possible, as often as possible, to fill up my sketchbook by the end of the year.


As I write this, I am playing catch-up with sharing these sketches on the blog. This quick lunch break sketch is of Kingsmead Square, Bath.

I was challenged to try sketching quickly on location. My natural tendency is to take my sweet time when recording detail. While that can be quite therapeutic, it takes up too much time.

Having recorded the basics, I left it for a few days. Then bit by bit, I’ve returned with a few splashes of colour.

What I used:

– 0.1 and 0.5 pens

– brush pens for colour

What do you think?

Drawing Challenge #9

The aim is to do as many detailed drawings as possible, as often as possible, to fill up my sketchbook by the end of the year.


54 years ago today, Zambia gained independence from Britain – A costly victory as many lost their lives in the pursuit of freedom for fellow countrymen and women.

For today’s drawing challenge, I’ve chosen a symbolic sketch from the capital city, Lusaka. It is of the “Independence Banner” as you enter the city from the airport road.

The colours of the flag signify the following:

  • Green – The beautiful green landscape across the country
  • Orange – Mineral wealth (mainly copper)
  • Black – Majority of the population
  • Red – The blood shed in the fight for independence
  • The Eagle – We can sore above our differences (incl tribalism) and be, as first president Kenneth Kaunda called it – “One Zambia, One Nation!”

Time-lapse sketch

8 Month Review – August 2015


Hello again, thank you so much for sticking with me on Reposed Thought these past 8 months. I love being able to have this platform where I can simply let my thoughts bleed and where others can share in these thoughts. Wherever you joined the journey, thanks for passing by (even if it was only to the next stop). As ever, here’s a summary of my blogging activities over the past month. Thanks again for your support and God bless šŸ™‚

All Posts (Aug 12-Sept 12)

  • 22Aug2015 Photography (22 Aug) – Took these photos on a lovely sunny day. These can be few and far between in England, but have to be made the most of when they appear. We have been blest with a great summer this year.

https://reposedthought.wordpress.com/2015/08/22/22aug15-photography/

  • Morning Run Thoughts (28 Aug) – Just a few passing thoughts I was inspired to write after on a morning run.Ā “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap.. and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” (Matthew 6:26)

https://reposedthought.wordpress.com/2015/08/28/morning-run-thoughts/

  • MySpace – by Flame (Careful what you post)Ā (3 Sept) – US rapper, ‘Flame,’ shares his thoughts on the dangers of social media in this old favourite of mine. Very thought provoking lyrics and challenging message. Have a listen here:

https://reposedthought.wordpress.com/2015/09/03/myspace-by-flame-careful-what-you-post/

  • Tales of Devastation – Short PoemĀ (10 Sept) – The ongoing crisis in Syria with people fleeing the war and the escalating migrant crisis facing Europe are the themes that inspired this latest poem. Have a read:

https://reposedthought.wordpress.com/2015/09/10/tales-of-devastation-short-poem/

Morning Run Thoughts


So, I went for an early morning run the other dayĀ (6:30am #justsaying). It was my first run in months and not long into it, I stopped. Not because of my unbelievableĀ lack of fitness at the timeĀ or even dueĀ toĀ another unexpected injury.Ā It was, in fact,Ā to soak upĀ the amazing sound of silenceĀ –Ā pure, unbridled, silence. Peace! The only thingĀ I could hear were birds singing sweetly in the background. Add to this the sound of busy little creatures that buzzed and hovered over the long dewy grass, and this made waking up so early so worthwhile. As I paused, stretched and took in this beautiful scene,Ā I was reminded of a promise in the bible that God makesĀ to look after all his creatures, not just the birds and the bees, but also you and me.

“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store awayĀ in barns,Ā and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?”

(Matthew 6:26)

This verse got me thinking about the things thatĀ I worry about everyday, such as money, food, job security, impressing friends, etc. I was reminded in this moment of how trivial and short sighted these worriesĀ are in the big picture of life. God promises toĀ provide our every need (Philippians 4:19). He may not give us what we want, but he will give us what we need. ThisĀ life is short and fragile,Ā like a drop in theĀ vast ocean, and in some things weĀ have little control. Money, success andĀ aĀ good name can only bring us passing happiness. Once we have it, weĀ only want more and are never satisfied. Think for a moment of the countless celebrities and famous people who in the eyes of the world have “made it” but in and of themselves they are not satisfied?Ā The bible speaks of laying our treasures in heaven, where thieves won’t break in orĀ steal; a place which does not perish, spoil or fade (1 Peter 1:4).

“Where our treasure is, there ourĀ hearts will be also”

(Matthew 6:21)

I do hope that these simpleĀ thoughts challengeĀ you toĀ think about where you are investing your treasures and placing your confidence for the future. Whether its in a good pension scheme, physical/material things, good looks, friends or even family, non of these things go with us when we die. I would personally recommend Jesus, or at least a thorough investigationĀ of his claims in the bibleĀ to be theĀ Son of GodĀ (I’d recommend Luke andĀ John’s gospels to begin). I’ve heard it said before that JesusĀ could only be one of three things, 1. Lunatic 2. Liar 3. The Son of God.Ā What do you have to lose from investigating?

Happy reading..

Peace šŸ˜€

Jesus said: “I have come that they may have life and have itĀ to the full.”

(John 10:10)

P.s.Ā As for my run, well, let’s just say thatĀ didn’t last long once I paused.Ā I have run twice since then and goneĀ a couple ofĀ miles each time without stopping (which I was chuffed about). So thereĀ is promise there. Perseverance is theĀ lessonĀ I’m learning through this.