Friday, 24 July 2009

Looking out of the backdoor

The land behind the house goes up very steeply, to make it easier to cultivate terraces are cut out and held up with bricks and stone. This is a sketch of the part I can see from the backdoor. We grow lemons, olives, grapes and you can just see my tomatoes...still green! The light changes quickly and I worked fast to keep up.

Monday, 6 July 2009

Red Earth

This is a sketch of the view opposite my house. The trees are mostly olive trees and the red colour is the Sicilian earth. A deep clay red, hard as rock in the summer, when it doesn't rain, and thick and sticky in the winter, The red colour stains as hope of getting it off your clothes! Done just as the sun settled behind the hills in watercolour and finished with coloured pencils.

Thursday, 2 July 2009

View from a window II

This is the view from my bathroom window. The light in the late afternoom lights it up and produces some amazing colours. My son when he was younger thought the trees on the side looked like elephants walking up to the top! Sketch done in watercolours and coloured pencil.


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