Friday, 26 April 2013

Just the Smallest Sketch

A small sketch from my garden.... geraniums are one of the  things that grow well in my garden and survive even the hottest summer!
This isn't the only art I've done all week, I've been working on a large coloured pencil piece and several paintings but none are at a stage worth showing. 
Sometimes there just isn't time to do all the things I want to do but a little sketch a day helps me feel I've actually completed something.  

Thursday, 18 April 2013


Oil on canvas 60x40cms

I think I've finished with this painting (but you never know).   It's the next in my sea series and yes those bubbles took me ages...the sand is a lot easier.  The next one is already on the easel and is smaller and should be quicker, I say that with a hopeful note in my voice!
If you want to see the first painting to go with this one, it's here

Monday, 15 April 2013

Coloured Windows

One of my favourite lunchtime sketch locations is just behind the original city walls looking through a norman gateway to the sea. But it's not the sea that catches my eye (well not as much) but the coloured windows set into the wall like jewels.  The windows are very old but strangely the colour comes from what looks like plastic on the inside, possibly to protect the inside from the elements.  Like a lot of beautiful places here the building is empty and only noticed by passing tourists.

Thursday, 11 April 2013

From my Sketchbook

There wasn't much chance for sketching outside while I was on holiday due to the freezing weather and me being too much of a wimp to sit in the cold.   The above is a crow from a London Park from one of my photos.

This is my moleskine and I sketched the view from my mum's front window while sitting next to the heater.

Of course I have a  selection of airport sketches too and the  backs of  people's heads... all the 'lovely' things you find to draw to keep the boredom away while travelling.
I took a mini sketching kit with me that fitted in my coat pocket, but found my Lamy Safari pen leaked under the plane's cabin pressure,  not good when your ink is the indeliable (bullet proof) type!

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Private Gardens

I love to sketch hidden corners and forgotten places.  This is the 'back' gate of one of our seventeenth century villas and although not forgotten it certainly isn't seen very often as the gardens are rarely open to the public.   I've just found out that a statue has been stolen from the long driveway up to this villa, which is a terrible shame, another little piece of history gone.


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