Strangeness abounding

3 more sketches from the wonderful and mysterious gardens of the Quinta Da Regaleira in Sintra, Portugal.


Looking up from the bottom of the 27 metre deep “Initiation Well” or “Initiatic Well”. It has a secret entrance at the top and a spiral staircase around its sides leading down to more tunnels… I love the way gouache can produce such great contrast on tinted paper.

1mm Pigma pen, Lexington grey water-brush, gouache, A5



One of the many grottoes, this one close to an exit tunnel from the base of the “Initiation Well”.

Fountain pen with Carbon ink, Lexington grey water-brush, A5



Stepping stones across ‘the waterfall lake’, and a couple of gargoyles on the palace roof.

Fountain pen with carbon ink, Lexington grey water-brush, watercolour, A5

About Ed Mostly

Enthusiastic daily sketcher based in Bath Uk
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3 Responses to Strangeness abounding

  1. acflory says:

    I love your artwork, and now I wish I could see this amazing place for myself. Thank you.

    • Ed Mostly says:

      It would be a long trip for you! Well worth it if you’re near Portugal, you could explore the gardens for days…
      Thanks for the comment

      • acflory says:

        Yes, it’s quite a hike from Australia, but if I ever get to travel again I’m adding that site to the Great Wall of China, Machu Pichu and Petra. 😀

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