Charley Speakes

Playing with Paper – watercolour, doodling, calligraphy and quilling.


Charley Speakes

With recent events, life has a funny way of changing drastically on a sixpence. So, while below is correct, I am focussing more on art now. I'm a blogger, some time journalist and writer; quietly confronting the frustrations and challenges in a world of confusion, apathy and facades.

A Year in Watercolours

So that's where I am this week. Thoroughly enjoying myself. After many many years, I am finally playing for fun, instead of trying to make money.

Leaf Me Alone.

I do have a thing for leaves, and who doesn't love painting them? There is something just so meditative in painting a bunch of leaves up a stem. Sometimes I can do them really well, other times I get them so wrong.

Skeletons Make Me Happy ;-)

From the comfort of my settee, indoors while it's cold and raining and dark and drizzly outside, I can explore all sorts of magical things to make pretty with.

Write Me Happy – Playing with Calligraphy

So, as I said the other day, this is all about paper. Another of my passions - although this is new, is calligraphy. It's something I have always admired and tried to do similar to. But because I never actually... Continue Reading →

Colour – Colour Me Happy

With this lockdown, being inside when it is dreary and grey outside is not always the easiest. I have been pulling the blinds and turning on the main light at 3.30 and 4pm - that is ridiculous. So doodling and... Continue Reading →

Back to Basics

Just to start with some doodles. It's years and years since I picked up any kind of art instrument, and it feels weird, but really lovely. It's like being a kid again, I can't believe how liberating it feels. Curtains... Continue Reading →

A Change in Direction

We all hit watersheds in our lives, and goodness knows, COVID19 has thrown quite a few of them up in the air. I've always enjoyed craft and art, and have dipped in and out of doing them for more years... Continue Reading →

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Lockdown Diary May 11 2020

Still trying to get autoplay to work, but not having much success. At least I have managed to stop the video going on to some other random videos. And looping? that just seems impossible.  Still if anyone can help I'd... Continue Reading →

Charley Speakes in Lockdown visually ;-)

So I managed to autoplay it and have just this second figured out the loop option (I think). Just wish I hadn't added the music - it is really irritating lol. Mmmm Looks like it didn't work after all -... Continue Reading →

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