I was at the Gallery in Broughty Ferry getting some work framed. Afterwards I took a walk to see if there was anything interesting to sketch. There are often Swans down on the Tay and sure enough I saw at least ten of them enjoying some late morning sun. They were also rather keen to see if I had food for them in my bag. More than one of them wandered straight up to me to the point I had to back away a bit.
This is the image I painted for my 2010 Christmas card. While we were out walking we stumbled upon these delightful deer crossing the track. They stopped to check us out before heading back into the shelter of the forest. I thought I would post it now for the Winter Solstice.
I had fun painting this little fellow. We saw the puffins in the spring on the Isle of May and there were lots waiting for their mates with bills full of sand eels.
After going to the framers in Broughty Ferry I did some sketches by the waterfront. As the sun was starting to set the wind seemed to be getting stronger and the gulls were getting blown about. I did the sketch with neocolour watersoluble crayons then added water when I got home. Once that dried I added oil pastels to bring out some of the lights and darks.
I was catching up with gardening today. I decided to stop and get my pastels out as the bee’s on the lavender were quite captivating. They really are a fast moving subject but I liked the challenge.
I had fun sketching these moving subjects. I saw the parents swim ashore with 8 cygnets following. They starting preening themselves in the sun which allowed me time to draw them quickly.
I took this photo of one of the blackbirds that I have been feeding. If you look closer the mother bird has a broken claw. She has managed to rear a healthy chick, and seems to manage with her injury. Isn’t the chick so cute.
This cute pup was just at the waterside as we arrived on the Isle of May. Adult seals were swimming near by.
Here is another sketch that I did on the Isle of May at the weekend. I did a number of quick sketches to capture the different poses and situations. I wanted to stay and keep sketching but the boat was leaving and I had to go home! These will be good references for my studio work.
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.