Category Archives: sky

Stantonbury

Lexington grey broad fountain pen and water-brush, water-colour, A6 – 20 minutes A quick sketch of a familiar view, looking South West towards Stantonbury Hill about 4 miles away. It was a balmy early summer evening, the trees all in leaf, … Continue reading

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Stormy weather

Storms are battering the coast and flood warnings are in place across the UK after a very wet and windy Christmas. This was the sky above Bath at dusk yesterday, some of the clouds  shedding rain as they pass. Lexington … Continue reading

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Travel thumbnails #3, planes

More travel thumbnails in gouache, this time the view from an airplane flying Istanbul to London. The window shapes and wing-tips are a bit wonky… All in Black Pigma 1mm pen, water-brush with Lexington grey ink, gouache, A5 Taxiing down the … Continue reading

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Travel thumbnails #2, trains

You can see so many subjects for a sketch when travelling, but you’re usually moving past too fast for anything detailed… I’ve been trying quick thumbnail sketches when on the move and gouache seems perfect for capturing the basic shapes … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Gouache thumbnails

Some tiny views around Bath, including one of Little Solsbury Hill at the top. Gouache seems to work well for thumbnail landscapes. The freedom to paint on top of paint is particularly useful when sketching skies, but still seems strange after using … Continue reading

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Spring gouache

A shaggy tree on a fresh Spring morning, with South Bath in the distance beyond. I’ve been exploring gouache paints, enjoying the way their intensity suits the new season’s colours and light. Here I’ve used coloured paper which helped to … Continue reading

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