This was the last day of the Christmas holiday and I sketched Andrew reading a book. I like to challenge myself to use ink, which doesn’t allow for many adjustments. Having a sketch book with me when I am out and about means that I can do quick studies when I see an interesting subject.
This is a page from my sketch book showing some of my thumbnail sketches. The one on the top right is my small study for the previous post of “Snow Scene at Pittenweem”. I love doing these thumbnails and they give me energy to get on with my next painting.
I did this quick sketch on the train back from Edinburgh. If you make a drawing you always remember so much more than if you had photographed the subject. I used a permanent ink pen and 3 neutral coloured brush pens.
Yesterday was a lovely sunny day. I took a walk in the fields near where I live armed with my sketch book and gloves. I have found the fingerless gloves invaluable when it comes to sketching in the cold. My fingers are free to move while sketching. I liked the views you could see around this lovely old tree. The sun was helping to keep me warm.
Before going to work in the studio I did a warm up sketch of furniture in the living room. The sketch was done with a chunky permanent ink pen and pencil for additional shading. The ink doesn’t allow for errors, sometimes that is the fun of using it.
This cute pup was just at the waterside as we arrived on the Isle of May. Adult seals were swimming near by.
Saturday I went to the Isle of May sailing from Anstruther. The highlight is always to see the puffins. I sat next to them and enjoyed sketching away as you can see from the photo taken of me at work. They all seem to have their very own personalities. Some had lots of sand-eels in their beaks. Great day and a treat to enjoy the puffins company. The first sketch is done with permanent ink and Neocolor watersoluble wax pastels. When I got home and had more time I added the water to the picture. You can see how vibrant the colours are after the water has been used.
I have been away to the Ayrshire coast getting inspiration for new paintings. I have uploaded a sketch done very quickly at Lendalfoot. My husband took a picture of me while I was sketching and in the distance you can see Ailsa Craig where granite was quarried to make curling stones. The weather was sunny however very very windy and icy cold. You would never guess it was summer!! More sketches to be posted over the next few days.
This is another sketch from my sketch pad. On the way home on Sunday we stopped off at Auchmithie and I sketched this from the harbour.
While listening to a concert on Saturday night I felt compelled to sketch at the same time. I didn’t have any art paper, however the programme and a borrowed pen came to my rescue. Lovely to sketch to the rhythm of the music.