sketching

Wild winter Sky, Morecambe Bay

Boxing Day at Plover Scar, Morecambe Bay, looking east to the Bowland Fells. The wind was freezing cold but there was a small flock of tiny birds flitting around through the hail. In the fields further inland there were lots of whooper swans. I like sketching with watercolour pencils, they’re softer than regular coloured pencils …

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Sketches of Spring

May and June are my favourite time of year. These watercolours are of gowans, lovely big daisies, which fill up the edges of our garden at this time of year, roses, and just the general joy and chaos of spring. I painted the deer at Leighton Moss, a nearby RSPB reserve. I’d gone with a …

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Doon The Water

Here are a few sketches from over the summer. I’ve been sailing, (doing my Day Skipper course, with Scotsail based at Largs on the Firth of Clyde, who I really recommend). I forgot to take any Paynes Grey or blue watercolour paint, other than Cerulean (sky blue). Most of the landscapes I saw were either …

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Sketching in the Butterfly House

Here are some photos from this morning’s Art in the Park class. It was lovely to spend a couple of hours in some tropical warmth. The butterflies are attracted to bright colour and kept landing on our paints and pencils. I think all the sketches convey a real sense of life. A good morning!