for sketching at the British Museum yesterday. 2B pencil in A5 sketchbook on cartridge paper in 30 minutes.
is my favourite London gallery. I love the way you can emerse yourself in the collection and when you surface you are disorientated. This view is from a bench in the Sackler Octagon. 2B Pencil sketch in A5 sketchbook on heavyweight cartridge in around 40 mins. Thanks for the company Tom!
at St Michael's church with Urban Sketchers Southampton. Pencil drawing took about 50 minutes and watercolour added later. Done in A4 sketchbook on Canson Montval Aquarelle 90Ib NOT. Happy New Year!
and a pencil sketch done on A5 cartridge during a visit with foundation year students. Didn't quite finish so will return one day!
and here's a colour version - done for promotional purposes. I have retouched the gutter fold of the sketchbook for aesthetic reasons.
and the result of a nice morning drawing in the new Spark building at Southampton Solent University with Urban Sketchers Southampton. My intention was to finish the sketch in watercolour but time flew by! 2B pencil on Canson Montval Aquarelle 185gsm NOT surface in A4 sketchbook. A textured paper gives a pleasing result with pencil plus a bit of smudging - voila!
and a packed gallery at the auction of the top 20 artworks to go under the hammer at the Twenty20 Art for Oakhaven Hospice in Lymington. My watercolour of Titchfield Abbey raised £60 towards this worthy cause out of a total of well over £2000!
and it's hustle and bustle before the rain came down. Pencil sketch on heavyweight cartridge in A4 sketchbook in around 50 mins (with some welcome interuptions).
Sketch done looking down the lane towards Jermyn's House. A4 sketchbook on cartridge paper
Houghton Lodge by the River Test - an early example of "picturesque" Gothic built around 1793 - a grade II listed building with 14 acres of lovely gardens. Watercolour over pencil in A4 sketchbook on 140Ib Saunders Waterford NOT.
It's always a commitment when looking to settle down for an hour or two's sketching, and sometimes a certain view will "draw" you in and this is one such case. Having walked along the pathway, seen here in the centre of the sketch, and turning back to assess the vista, the composition was there. Watercolour in A4 sketchbook on 140Ib Saunders Waterford NOT.
done over the weekend in St Ives as part of a sketching trip to the West Country. These are my first attempts using oils and all done on location showing my initial pencil sketch with colour notes etc and final painting of rocks. The seascape is not quite finished and so I may return to this one later on. Both done on mdf board at A4 size using brushes and pallete knife - a very new experience!
drawn yesterday from Millbank and, coincidentally, it was this day that it was opened in 1932 so a fitting sketch to mark its 84th birthday!
amongst others, done on a visit to London. This drawing of the nave in Westminster Cathedral was a welcome relief from the hustle and bustle outside - I later ascended the tower for a glorious view of the City. 2B pencil on cartridge in A5 sketchbook.
and its almost there. I'm recording these stages on my iphone as the work is too big to fit on the scanner at around 600 x 440mm, so will have to scan in two sections and join in Photoshop once done.
shows my working process from the left across the structure completing each section stage by stage. This method works for me as you only need to keep wet a small part of the work at any one time, gradually adding colour and tone. I'm struggling to find time to spend on this but will post next stage soon!
if anyone is in the area on Saturday 9th July come and join us for a spot of sketching the beautiful City of Salisbury - click here for link. Here's a quick sketch showing the cathedral nave from the west end. Watercolour over water-soluble ink on A5 cartridge.
and if you know where this is message me! Watercolour over pencil on 140Ib arches
showing Southampton's Civic Centre from Watt's Park. Watercolour over pencil on cartridge paper in A4 sketchbook.
across the South Downs looking west from Ditchling Road. After attending The Village of Type event at Ditchling Museum over the weekend we spent an hour or so in the glorious sunshine. Watercolour on cartridge paper in A4 sketchbook.
and a watercolour showing the church of St. John the Baptist. I've been meaning to find this church for years mainly due to the fact that William Gilpin was the vicar from 1777 until 1804. Gilpin was an artist and writer and instrumental in founding the Picturesque movement. Done in A4 sketchbook on Arches NOT 90Ib paper in around one and a half hours on location and finished off in the studio.
done at the British Museum yesterday. Recommend the Francis Towne: Watercolours of Rome exhibition there till August - a joy!
and my pencil sketch done on location and subsequent colour version done in my studio. This is a view of no 1 court where you can sit and listen to a re-enactment of the proceedings after the Titanic disaster. In A4 sketchbook on Arches 90Ib NOT watercolour paper.
and look where it's ended up: on display in the Vice Chancellor's suite - who'd have thought from such humble beginings? The lesson is to promote everything you do as you never know where it will take you
and here's my sketch done with Urban Sketchers Southampton at the Central Library Southampton. 2B and 5B pencil in A4 cartridge sketchbook in around an hour.
done with Urban Sketchers Southampton at Tudor House Museum Southampton. A view looking out from a first floor window overlooking the back garden. A3 sketchbook on 300gsm watercolour paper in around one hour. Happy New Year!
is the statue of a man contemplating water in his cupped hands standing in the crypt of Winchester Cathedral. I have always found this work by Antony Gormley very spritual and calming. Unusually it is completely dry at the moment as it always floods during wet conditions. I did this sketch during a welcome break from the busy cathedral Christmas market just outside.
on urban sketching in which I have one sketch published. Archisketcher : A guide to spotting & sketching urban landscapes is edited by Simone Ridyard and contains a range of work by inveterate sketchers with tips and advice on the topic.
published in the current edition of the Journal of Illustration. It's always good to see my sketches used in a publication and especially a respected academic journal (and they found space for all 16 pages!) I co presented a poster at the 4th International Illustration Symposium in Oxford in 2013 with my colleague Julia Moszkowicz.
done on location just outside Burley in the west of the Forest in around an hour and completed in the studio. Having spent 7 years living in the Forest I have a nostalgic attachment to the area and this is a typical view across the heathland. A3 sketchbook on 140Ib NOT.
and a pencil and watercolour sketch showing St Margaret's church. The drawing was done on location in around 20 minutes and coloured in the studio. Ditchling Museum of art and Craft is nestled into the Sussex South Downs and a treasure of art and artifacts relating to the likes of Eric Gill, Edward Johnston and David Jones amongst other artists of the early 20th century. Cartridge paper in A5 sketchbook.
somewhere in Hampshire - any ideas where? A rather dull watercolour on a rather dull day but a pleasant one all the same. This took around one and a half to two hours on location with some stronger contrast washes and "scratching out" added in the studio to give it some life - not sure it has - strong lighting and cast shadows would have done wonders! A3 size on 140Ib NOT.
of Titchfield Abbey done in around an hour or so then a hasty retreat when they started to lock the grounds - a night spent in a ruined abbey definitely wasn't on the day's agenda! Pencil and watercolour in A5 sketchbook on Saunders Waterford 140Ib NOT with a few finishing touches in the studio. I'm currently planning a series of ruins and castles and this may lead to a larger work.
and for those who don't know that's the Isle of White. Did this quick watercolour sketch with my new students during "Freshers" week: around 30 mins on cartrdge paper in A5 sketchbook.
with Urban Sketchers Southampton this morning and here's my sketch: a view looking north across the Cathedral Close. I was lucky to be sitting comfortably on a bench when the sun appeared and everything became bathed in strong light and dark shadows - the perfect conditions for an urban sketcher! On heavy cartridge paper in A5 sketchbook in around one and a half hours. I prefer a slightly off-white heavyweight cartridge for architectural sketching which takes a wash quite well over pen or pencil detail.
done mainly "en plein air" and finishing touches in the studio. 140Ib NOT A3 paper in a very old sketchbook I've had for at least 25 years and it shows, but a nice paper all the same. A bit chilly to start with but the late afternoon sun came out after about an hour or so into the piece so I strengthened the cast shadows afterwards. Definitely worth a visit and a picnic on a warm day.
at a remote bend on the River Test near Redbridge as the sun dropped low in the sky creating dark shadows. About 30 mins on Cartridge paper in A5 sketchbook.
and after a few finishing touches here is a sketch showing Netley Abbey. Started off in the rain but it soon cleared up and and I was able to add a few cast shadows which lifted the sketch a little. Back in my studio I added a few pen lines and highlights. It's a bit of a homage to John Piper whose style I really admire.
and two quick sketches in A5 sketchbook. Top: Moot Hall Aldeburgh; Below: a beach view. 140Ib Saunders Waterford NOT.
in Abbey Fields Kenilworth. A loose sketch looking west across what was the St Mary's Abbey farmland. Pencil and watercolour on cartridge paper in A5 sketchbook
Top is Seatown from Golden Cap and below is Golden Cap from Seatown both done in watercolour over pencil in Saunders Waterford 140Ib NOT A5 sketchbook.
showing Cerne Abbas Church, from Abbey Street. Pencil and watercolour on cartridge paper in A5 sketchbook in around an hour and three quarters.
done whilst staying in Seatown Dorset. Here are two panoramas showing a view across Seatown and the Cerne Abbas Giant. Cartridge paper in A5 sketchbook. More to come...
at new venue in the recently opened Wool House Dancing Man Brewery in Southampton. If you missed the show at the City Art Gallery you can see it here whilst sampling food and drink delights in this grade one listed building.
of Ferry Lane near to the Cathedral. I did this from a park bench as a pencil sketch and applied colour in my studio from a snapshot. Done in A5 sketchbook on off-white heavyweight cartridge paper.
because when I'm working in the chapel it's a break to sit outside for an hour or two with my sketchbook. This one shows a memorial to seafarers which is hidden away. There was little sun while I was there so I took a few snaps later and put the shadows in back in my studio. A5 Sketchbook on Waterford 140Ib NOT.
at Hamble and I christened a new sketchbook (thanks Katherine!). Looking out from Hamble Quay - A5 sketchbook on 140Ib NOT Saunders Waterford.
with Urban Sketchers Southampton - a view from Hythe in A5 sketchbook on Kent cartridge paper
done yesterday in the warm sunshine. I never tire of sketching in the cemetery and given my studio is here it's easy to stroll and sketch. This is of the 'other' chapel done sitting just outside my chapel in about an hour or so. Look out for my next post which is a larger watercolour of this view done from my ipad...
with Urban Sketchers Southampton. One hour 15 mins on A5 heavyweight cartridge paper
The Documentary - worth 10 minutes of your time and featuring yours truly!
I'm chuffed that I managed to get a feature page in next month's Artists and Illustrators Magazine - on sale now!
at Southampton City Art Gallery to mark the 50 Years of City Status - opening this Saturday afternoon from 1.00 to 3.00pm - all welcome!
sketch from Saturday's Urban Sketchers Southampton sketch crawl. Looking west from the north car park - sunny but breezy: about one and a half hours. A5 sketchbook on heavyweight cartridge.
this time from the South West. I did the pencil sketch on Sunday whilst sitting on a convenient gravestone and applied watercolour later on. Hand-made A5 sketchbook on heavyweight cartridge. Design Chapel
Christchurch in yet another hand-made sketchbook
Sketchcrawl in a busy West Quay Southampton. Pen drawing on location and later watercolour version. A good turn-out yesterday with around twenty braving the hoards of retail worshippers in this 21st century consumer cathedral.
at Red Hot Press this Sunday. Bring your choice of paper if you wish and come away with your very own personalised books. Click on this link to find out more
of the building-site showing frantic floor laying. It took a matter of hours to lay 18 precast concrete floor beams with only two workers and a crane. There were lots of measurements taken prior to the lowering of the last beam and some strenuous crowbaring but it eventually fit - Phew!
I managed this quick sketch whilst on a study trip with illustration students to Mottisfont yesterday. Done from the top floor exhibition room looking out over the River Test. I was drawn to the lovely old plane tree which reveals so much more of its gnarled trunk in wintertime. In many ways the countryside offers so much more of its secrets at this time of the year - as long as you can find somewhere warm or cope with the bracing weather!
and I'm pleased to be back in my office to carry on with these observations. The university is now setting up a seperate blog just for my sketches - details to follow...
done in in my new sketchbook. A view of God's House Tower Southampton. Pencil sketch done in around 30 minutes and watercoloured (in the warm) in around an hour and a half. A5 sketchbook on Saunders Waterford 140Ib NOT
Orders taken...Happy Sketching for 2015!
as they packed-up for the holidays yesterday lunchtime - managed this before they left! Looking forward to 2015!
of the building-site. I have over 40 pages in my sketchbook now and the building is almost level to my 3rd floor office. I'm now on waving terms with the workers!
in Winchester's Christmas Market. Did this pencil sketch in my A5 sketchbook and splashed on some watercolour later in the warmth of my kitchen!
Struggling to find time during daylight hours and even then it's quite dark these days - here's some I did last week. The concrete's pouring thick and fast (or should that be "thin") and they are casting pillars for floor 3 now. I shant have much to draw soon!
I'm thinking I might do some drawing from inside the building site - if they give me permission? Maybe in larger sketchbook? This is getting serious!
The new teaching facility here at Solent University is moving ahead at a pace:
The result of yesterday's Urban Sketchers Southampton Sketchcrawl. This was done in the Old Cemetery in about one and a half hours in glorious sunshine - one of the best meets of the year! 185gsm Canson NOT A5 sketchbook.
Latest developments at East Park Terrace...
Here are some more building site sketches: looking forward to the rising of the building itself due for completion by Xmas 2015.
I've been casually sketching from my office window at Solent Uni, the groundworks progress for the new building here at East Park Terrace - here are some of them - done in A5 cartridge paper sketchbook:
Spent a nice day on the Island yesterday and did this sketch of part of the former royal residence from the south lawn. It's changed very little since it was completed in 1851 and is a joy to visit within delightful grounds. I'd like to return and complete the right hand side. A5 on Canson 185gsm watercolour paper in around an hour.
has always been a favourite building of mine and this is my first sketch. My pencil drawing shows the west front with the wonderful medieval stained glass window. The glass was smashed during the Civil War and reassembled as a mosaic after the restoration. A5 on Canson 185gsm watercolour paper.
Sketches done last night with fellow Urban Sketchers Southampton in the High Street. No time for colour due to fading light but a good session none the less.
Spent some time this weekend at Red Hot Press Open Studios at The Old Cattle Market and did this. If you haven't been there it's got that "out of the way" feel that time has passed it by. The Central Bridge arches house several activities from a boxing gym and butchers through to the home of over twenty artists - a hive of activity! Open Studios continues next weekend from 11.00 am to 5.00 pm both days.
You may recall this pen sketch of Bugle Street I did a few weeks ago which I have taken into Photoshop for colouring. I'm experimenting with better and more simple ways of doing this and if any one's interested let me know: it's a good way of applying colour as an alternative to traditional methods and with a little practice is quite rewarding. Meanwhile it's out with the brushes...
by adding layers of watercolour washes to my original ine drawing. Linear perspective is enhanced by aerial perspective using warm and cool colours applied to this sketch.
in Southampton - this time it's Carlton Crescent. The Crescent was started in 1825 and described at the time as the “genteel upper part of the town” and by Pevsner as “the most spectacular piece of Regency development in Southampton”. Together with Rockstone Place it really does stand apart.
I'm just enjoying ink line drawing at the moment but look out for colour versions... I'm also combining cycling and sketching using the sadle for resting my sketchbook on - Brooks of course! This one's for you Ed!
Three versions of a pen drawing showing Southampton's medieval walls: original location drawing, watercolour wash and Photoshop
of the Civic Centre from outside the Cellar. I did the ink drawing on location and added the colour washes afterwards. I tend to look for perspective in these urban views which "draws" the viewer into the picture - also very helpful in acheiving scale and proportion. You can learn more by booking onto my drawing and watercolour weekend in November at Red Hot Press.
Sometimes an ink line is all that is needed - I really admire the penmanship of American architectural illustrators of the 19th and 20th centuries as well as all those illustrators published in Punch magazine. My "bible" is Rendering in Pen and Ink by Guptill which I still use as reference in my teaching.
A sketch whilst sitting outside an Italian restaurant drinking coffee on the house (thanks to Carolina!). Done in my A5 sketchbook in around an hour and a half plus some tinkering to darken the foreground afterwards. It took me a few gos to get the proportions of the tower right with the rest of the building. I think this is a good view and might return with a larger sheet of paper (for more free coffee!)
in Southampton? Here's a sketch done yesterday whilst sitting outside the Valentine café in Oxford Street. The café closed before I had finished applying colour so completed from a snap!
Ink line and wash sketch of Holy Rood - lovely to stand for a while in the shade and hear the chimes. A5 on Canson Aquarelle 185 gsm NOT.
to christen my new sketchbook - a view of the south side of the City Museum Portsmouth. Built in 1897 it is grade 2 listed.
Here's my hand-made sketcbook made by Katherine. It's A5 and made with one of my favourite papers Canson watercolour 185 gsm NOT which is quite heavily sized so will stand wiping out for changes etc
Here are a few quick sketches from a recent city break. Clockwise from top left: Rua Augusta Arch, Statue of King Jose 1 Commerce Square, view from apartment in Alfama, Lisbon street scene, aspects of Sintra.
Dark Skies over Soton - 30 min sketch 14 x 21 cm on cartridge paper. A good turn-out today despite inclement weather first thing: nearly lost my cap in gusty winds, a reminder of conditions during en plein air!
As a rather less than regular Urban Sketcher I thought I'd make the effort today and set off on my Raleigh for a spot of sketching. This is a 40 min drawing looking towards the Mountbatten memorial statue in Grosvenor Square. Cartridge paper 21 x 29 cm Seawhite's sketchbook.
This is my second Urban Sketchers event and I was one of ten to turn out today on an initially wet and stormy morning. However as soon as I put pen to paper the sun came out - a clear sign that the art of sketching heralds fine weather! This is a sketch looking south towards the gas column in Houndwell Park.
I met up for the first Urban Sketchers Southampton sketchcrawl today and here we are! Not the best weather for our inaugural meeting but worth it all the same. We plan to meet next on Saturday 3 May at 10am in Guildhall Square - come along! Here's a link to Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/usk.southampton/
I was sketching at Marwell Wildlife park last week with my students - here's a couple of pages:
managed to find a few hours to do some outdoors sketching with my mate Martin yesterday. Here's a shot of my old fisherman's stool with sketchbook just before we left this idyllic spot near Lyndhurst. Cleared out those old cobwebs.
Here's a couple of sketches I did yesterday while taking a welcome break from London's hustle and bustle at a lunchtime concert in St Martin-in-the-Fields
Spent a morning drawing with students in the Mayflower Theatre Southampton. We were up in the gods and with low lighting everywhere except for these two boxes I sat at the front row and did this sketch in around 30 mins. I may go back next week and draw from the stalls.
I had a strange compulsion to layout some of my sketchbooks today - no reason, so here they are: I counted thirty dating back to 1994. I have older ones from the early 80s stored somewhere in the loft? All shapes and sizes although my favourite size is A5 portrait. On leafing through each it's amazing how every sketch tells a story and I can recall quite intimately the place and circumstances surrounding each drawing. I've always found artists' and designers' sketchbooks fascinating and so much more revealing than later more finished works. One of the best books recently published is called The Art of Urban Sketching (2012) and is an inspiring collection of drawings from around the world - a must for every artist's book shelves.
...and here's one I did from a 2 minute pose...
I work with first year BA(Hons) Illustration students here at Solent and this was done by a student from Finland in 5 mins. It's me dressed as a British soldier and it was part of a project called "Uniforms" where we dress up and draw each other in our sketchbooks. The project is one-day and comprises between 25 and 30 poses all between 2 and 10 minutes each and is very popular with the students. For more images and other work from this course here is a link to our blog. PS - the animal is a stuffed fox!
Did these yesterday with my students at the Natural History Museum London. Alfred Waterhouse's building is glorious (if you like Victorian Romanesque) and the Great Hall is wonderfully decorated in terracotta - a joy to draw!
As summer fades into autumn and now winter my energy levels fade with it. Fueled by the pressures of work spent on preparing teaching material at this busy time of year I have produced little work of my own. However here are a few sketches done whilst attending a two-day symposium at the Pitt Rivers museum Oxford. "The Science, Imagination and the Illustration of Knowledge" proved to be a fascinating insight into a range of subject areas: look out for the journal
I thought you might like to see a pen and wash sketch I did in my A5 sketchbook of the Castle with bridge in foreground. The view is from the same position as the previous finished watercolour.
Done from a location sketch and photos I took last year whilst visiting Ludlow. Watercolour 350 x 530 mm
This is my other sketch done on the spot at Bramdean Common.
I spent a lovely bank holiday sketching this quaint old church on Bramdean Common with my friend Kate. The church was built in 1883 in just 5 days and is made out of corrugated iron. It was built for the use of gypsies and commoners who used the woods at that time.
on the paper in a sketchbook I just found buried in the spare room. It's years old and definitely watercolour paper so I did this to see how it holds paint. Done from a photograph on my ipad which I took of Little Venice when I was there recently. I think it must be Waterford so will use on my forthcoming sketching day-out on Monday - lets hope it stays dry: heading off to deepest darkest Meon Valley! Have a good BH weekend!
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This one I did in the searing heat in around 10 minutes - too hot to stay any longer!
Here's the second sample done on the heavier weight paper for making our sketchbooks with; I'm really looking forward to this one - hope to see you there! Making and Usng Sketchbooks
In anticipation of my forthcoming course at Red Hot Press Making and Using Sketchbooks, I have experimented with two papers and here are the results. The first one is a 190gsm Kent cartridge and the second is 210gsm Norfolk cartridge. I've gone for the later as it's heavier and will cope with washes well and is also whiter giving a more "crisp" finish. The book size is A5 portrait giving A4 landscape across the double-page spread.
There are still one or two spaces on our exciting and unique course which starts next Monday 3 June for 4 weeks from 10.00 to 1.00 pm. For more information click here: Making and Using Sketchbooks
This location sketch done today at Hythe after catching the ferry with our bikes - 30 mins.
These were made as experimental studies of the representation of light inspired from photos on my ipad and carried-out in the studio.
Just to wet your whistle for this course here is my current sketchbook beautifully made by Katherine at Red Hot Press. A5 cloth bound with a heavyweight cartridge just right for all types of dry and wet mediums - see my next post for examples of watercolour studies made over this weekend.
I'm working with Red Hot Press in offering this exciting and unusual course here in Southampton next month - for more information go to: http://www.redhotpress.org.uk/courses/single-technique/sketch-books.php
More news soon, in the meantime here's some recent sketches done with my students in the V&A
Here are a few drawings I did at the weekend spent in london. The DPS is in the courtyard of the V&A and the other two are in the Maritime Museum Greenwich. Done in my A5 sketchbook on a nice Somerset paper.
A pair of cottages built in the mid 1860s and moved from Ashtead Kent. The interiors beautifully reconstruct a farm worker's home in mid Victorian times.
It's been a while, once again, so here are a few quick sketches I did with my students at the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum at Singleton. A cold but bright day and with gloves and intermittent coffee only my feet suffered from standing on the frosty grass! I've spent previous days at Singleton and always a joy with so much to draw. The weatherboarded cottage I coloured later in the warm! All done in an A5 sketchbook on cartridge paper.
It's that time of the year again and the Big Draw launch event is at the V&A on Sunday 30 September. I'm not officially involved in this year's events but hope to be there all the same. Always a good day out.
hardly had time to start this one before it really chucked it down. With nowhere to shelter my friend Kate and I had to "leg-it" to the car this time - pity. Nevertheless, the rain produces an interesting mottled effect! I shall return!
and then the rain came down...not the best medium to use at this time of sunshine and showers! Here's a watercolour sketch done at breakneck speed yesterday just outside Winchester. This sketchbook was handmade for me by my partner Katherine (orders taken!). It contains Fabriano paper which is not ideal for watercolour as it's so absorbent. It all got rather soggy but interesting results all the same. I quite like sketching days with "weather" as it brings forth unlikely results. Meanwhile - back at the ranch...
No you're not seeing double - here are my two watercolours of the Southampton docks view as seen from the Town Quay. The final watercolour is the largest I've done at 430 x 570 mm and so much easier to paint - I plan on doing everything larger in future! For this I stretched a sheet of Waterford 140Ib NOT paper which provided a drum-tight surface. Even when soaked the paper remains flat and a joy to work on. Although the smaller one was done to gain approval from the client it also helped to establish the composition and colour palette - a useful exercise.
Well here's my third and final version of the view showing the Western Docks container terminal and completes the set of three watercolours (I now have some appreciation of how Monet felt when he painted multiple studies of the Haystacks series!). These will now be enlarged to a good size for the finished works - I'm looking at around 460 x 620 mm - this will give me real opportunities for getting out my big brushes and allowing the paint to work for me - to be continued...
...and here's my second attempt - judge for yourself - I think it works better with the others as a set of three - we'll see?
This is the last of my initial views of the docks - here we have the container terminal at Western Docks looking across the River Test from "Goatee Beach" at Eling. The cranes dominate this part of Southampton and can be seen from miles around. I'm not sure about this one and I feel my original sketch done on location has more atmosphere. I plan to look at a closer view with just the river in the foreground.
This is the second in the series of views of the docks showing Fawley refinery looking from Hamble. I used a 250mm lens to get a panoramic view which I cropped for this watercolour. Again, a misty morning providing atmosphere and "aerial" perspective.
Here's my latest watercolour which is a small scale version of the first in a series of southampton views focusing on the docks. Done from sketches and photographs this piece measures approx 270 x 370mm and was done to establish my colour palette with a view to producing a larger finished work. It shows the cruise liner Saga Sapphire in dock a few weeks ago as viewed from the Town Quay. It was around 10 am on a misty morning and I have tried to represent this in the soft washes of colour in the distance. Watch this space for further views!
Here's a couple of sketches I did today at the Titanic Event at Ocean Terminal Dock Gate 4. Fred Dinenage compared this memorable event organised by staff and students of Solent University. The sketches are both on A4 cartridge paper.
I've never been able to sketch the clock tower from this position due to adjacent trees obscuring the view. At this time in early spring however it's perfect! The segment-like architecture of the Sea City addition can be seen and is almost ready for its opening on the 10th. I have to say I struggled trying to keep the tower straight which "curves" its way up to its delightful copper roof. 30 minute sketch.
...and this one's specially for Betty: Western Docks from Eling
Here's a sketch I did today - one of several studies for a future commission to show views of Southampton. I'm trying to compose a view that can be recognisable as well as a personal interpretation. We'll see but whatever the outcome it's been a joy to partake en plein air in such lovely March weather. This sketch shows the view looking west from the end of Mayflower Park - about 45 mins.
I can't seem to avoid Mottisfont and here's another sketch I did the other day. This time a full frontal! I arrived early on a very grey and overcast morning to meet colleagues and students from BA(Hons) Illustration course at Solent University for a day's drawing. I had around an hour and a half before they would arrive so sat on a conveniently placed bench and did this. The challenge was to make the view come to life even without sunlight and shadows - I added the lawn stripes for effect. Looking forward to the spring weather so I can get outside more - it's been a long winter!
This is a departure from recent work posted. After visiting Stokesay Castle in Shropshire here is a location sketch I did - finished watercolour to follow.
Drawing on location is a sure way to recharge batteries and put all those worries aside. Drawing and sketching "en plein air" can be a most theraputic experience and a few hours spent at The Hospital of St Cross certainly provided this. The Hospital is part of several Grade 1 listed buildings in the serene and tranquil village of St Cross near Winchester including almshouses and a church dating back to 1132. Here you can compare my waterclour sketch, drawn in about two and a half hours, with a painting completed in the studio done from photographs taken on the day. I didn't quite get the proportions of the tower right - have to be more observant in future!