Tag Archives: Bath

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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Mum and Dad

My mother and father walking up a hill ahead of me after a good lunch at the Pump Rooms in Bath. Dad is keen to point out that it is a very steep hill, and Mum wants you to know that … 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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Night time

A fast sketch on a cold night on the way back from The Star, an exceptionally fine pub in Bath. Pigma 1mm pen, water-brushes filled with dilute Diamine grey and Chinese sumi ink, A6

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Ink brushes

I’ve been filling water-brushes with dilute inks, creating another portable limited palette of colours that I can blend on the page. I’m using Windsor and Newton inks which are transparent and quickly become waterproof, enabling me to layer colours, building up tints, tone, … Continue reading

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Cafe sketching

Helen from St Helens in Society Cafe, Bath. She got in touch through this blog as she was interested in urban sketching and having a look at the materials I use. She’s posted about her initial sketches, and it’ll be … Continue reading

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Four candles

The ubiquitous café sketch. Black tea and lemon drizzle cake in Bath Guildhall market. I used a white marker pen to correct the fork handle and to lighten the lip of the mug, which could be considered cheating, and a bit … Continue reading

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