The nights are drawing in here in the UK. I drop my Son at a boxing club at 7pm on Tuesdays and usually drive somewhere to sit and sketch until it gets dusk at around 8pm then walk my dog until I collect him again at 8:30pm.
This week, however, it was barely 7:30pm when I finished my pen sketch and realized the light had fled. So I painted what I could see...Values!
On Wednesday I decided to pack a sandwich, a blanket and a couple of doggy treats and seek shelter from the sun under some trees on the green near the duck pond in Ramsey with my little pooch Kinx.
There are so many beautiful buildings in Ramsey but this particular house was smack bang in front of us, so that's what I sketched!
This is in one of my many A4 Daler Rowney Ebony sketchbooks gifted to me by the company themselves. Although the paper is not as I am used to, because the A4 allows me the same spread space on one page as the A5 does on two, I can flip through it filling just one side...which seems to be working.
It's not perfect because I'm carrying a much larger book around but for trips such as these (that involve me driving to a location and simply carrying my bag to a desired spot) it's amicable and will allow me to use up the freebies I've been given
Had such a fabulous time, caught a great tan, relaxed, ate great food and SWAM!
When I was a kid I jumped into the deep end of the pool while swimming with the school....I almost drowned! I don't know what scared me more; the embarrassment or the HUGE female lifeguard that practically saved me by jumping in herself causing the water to jump out!
Since then, I have always said 'I can't swim' which ensured nobody pushed me in or included me in silly pool side games.
But...I remember a time....a time on the Clacton coastline with my Dad when I was young...I remember him telling my Mum I 'swam like a fish'....that I 'barely moved the water' that I was 'a natural'.
So....pride aside....I went for it and OH MY GOD ...I SWAM! Not only did I swim but boy, I can float, in fact, I have the most buoyant back side in the WORLD! It just won't stay down! LOL!
Equipped with my new found courage and feeling rather 'cocky' I purchased a pair of goggles and snorkelled in the sea. Swimming in the sea was even easier, at one point I was standing, not moving a muscle (except my mouth...my mouth is always moving! LOL!) and I realised I wasn't touching the ground....just floating...vertically....ME!
On my first snorkelling adventure I was rewarded for my bravery.....I saw an octopus!!!
Anyway....I did manage to finally finish my sketchbook, as planned. YAY!
Here is a superfast one I whipped up on the beach.
So tomorrow I am off to Canyamel again for a few days. I'm hoping to finally finish this sketchbook which has trips all over Spain in it (except my Seville trip earlier this year, I took a different book there because I went with an artist friend and we sketched a lot) It's a Seawhite concertina sketchbook and I used a Lamy Safari fountain pen filled with Noodlers black ink to sketch with, then Daniel Smith watercolours to paint. Some pages had decorative papers added before my trips and I just sketched over them. All sketches were started and completed in situ.
You can view the whole book, so far, HERE