|Watercolour and coloured pencils|
Another great day out, this time we went to 'Lo Zingaro Nature Reserve', seven kilometers of windswept coastline in the West of Sicily and one of the most beautiful areas of the island.
We followed a rocky path along the top of the cliffs with mountains rising on the other side. This part of the coast is special because of the tiny rocky coves and caves scattered along the coast and the only way to get there is on foot, even boats are not allowed to moor here. It was used for smuggling many years ago and well known bandits were supposed to have hidden out here too.
Normally the sea would be a beautiful turquoise colour but as you can see we didn't have the best day's weather. In fact we got caught out by an amazing storm (quite frightening at the time, but so funny afterwards!). We were miles from anywhere and no where to shelter apart from caves, so we battled on getting soaked right through to the skin, and to think I didn't go for a swim as I didn't want to spend the rest of the day in a damp costume!
I did get some sketching done sitting on a beach (before the rain).
Usually I draw then if there's time put down the basic colours in watercolour, finishing it off at home with coloured pencil. In this case I quite liked the watercolour, so I left it as it is....naked!
My sketchbook actually got soaked too but dried out and survived and like my friend and I, lived to see another day!