Lucky Lizard

The Lizard, Ben Curtis


Apparently lizards are lucky… which is indeed fortunate, as we have one living under our washing machine in the kitchen!

Park Benches: 40 Degrees In The Shade…

Lady and Dog, Retiro Park, Spain

There is a bench in Madrid’s Retiro park that sits just across a path from the one I drew above – a lady writing a letter, her dog waiting quietly in the 40 degree shade. I drew the other end of the same bench, from the same spot, some time ago…

Bench in the Retiro Park, Madrid


One day I went to the park and stood beneath a blossoming tree as a sweet smelling wind blew petals down onto my head, a wonderful spring shower!

Blossom Shower

And since then I’ve been feeling full of spring!


Really Seeing a Rose

Seeing a Rose by Ben-C.
Seeing a Rose, a photo by Ben-C. on Flickr.

I’m really enjoying just grabbing a biro and a scrap of paper and heading to the Rose Garden in the Retiro Park – hugely inspired by my drawing book of the year: Zen of Seeing: Seeing/Drawing as Meditation by Frederick Franck


Retiro Park, twilight...

Muddy feet in the warm park twilight,
Fat shrill blackbirds pause on a post and take flight,
Lattice branches of interconnecting trees and last clinging leaves,
Shimmering stillness,
The network of energy that is the solid earth beneath my feet,
And the darkening sky above my head.