Sketchbook Sunday #1 The Tump

I’ve not ventured out for a few days as I’ve been indoors rather obsessed with trying to capture the essence of daffodils with my scribbles, mark making and sploshes of paint, but the bucket of daffodils are now becoming decidedly … hmm … crinkly round the edges 😉
Time to head out … b r e a t h e … feel the wind on my face … watch as clouds whoosh by … attempt some plein air painting and get something down on the first page of a new sketch book … with every intention on filling up those pages through the year …

I’ll confess it was a half and half affair . In other words part of the time was spent in the car with the window down, art materials balanced on my knee and spread out on the passenger seat … it was quite a juggling act .

Flicking white ink around  is  really not to be recommended in a cramped space !

Art Materials

Sketchbook. (an inexpensive one that I now realise is just suitable for scribbly ideas and work outs) 

Cotman *Travel Palette ( from there using  the brighter blue .. mellow yellow and the more orangey colour )

White Acrylic Ink .

A couple of brushes. 

Pencil and a Dark Wash Pencil …

Small travel spray bottle .

I took the picture with my Samsung S8 phone, and having been a bit skeptical as to how it would transfer to posting on my blog as I’ve not done that ever before I think it represents pretty much what was in front of me and feel quite pleased with its jpeg quality.

Not to say I’m giving up with my other cameras Lol but definitely something to be considered in the future on my wanderings 😉

Go take a look at some other very encouraging blogger friends posts …

Pauline’s Travel Journals … much more detailed and full of lovely sketches and memories 🙂

and here …

Concertina book of Australian landscape

Anna’s work is always to me an inspiration …

and lastly another Anna living in NZ but who has recently  been highlighting the devastation of the bush fires in Australia and donating funds to the cause .

Kangaroo ~ Art for Australia

Happy Sunday !

I hope your weekend has been just that 🙂 xx









7 thoughts on “Sketchbook Sunday #1 The Tump

  1. I remember learning here that a tump is a landscape feature and hence, poppytump. 🙂 That’s a fascinating sketch, very sophisticated, and I like the way you photographed it in front of the out-of-focus mound. I love the sketch! (I had to look up dark wash pencil – of course, it’s exactly what it says it is, and it sounds like fun).
    I will go click n some links now, not before saying have a great weekend. 🙂

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    1. Thanks so very much Lynn ! I think that dark wash pencil would have been just the thing a couple of days ago … however *plein air sketching weather it was not !
      ChillB and I are just back from a lovely 2 day whizz down to Cornwall , and an early morning at Trevose Lighthouse was breathtaking . Literally . Eek . We both really had a job to keep upright with the wind and gust conditions, so it was phone pictures only – even that was a challenge ! Anyway .. I’ve some reference shots for some art which I guess must be a good thing .
      Happy Weekend to you too Lynn and thank once again 🙂 xx

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  2. I love this sketch Poppy! It is so evocative, free and yet it captures the essence of your subject, and takes it on to another place. You would never know you had done it from the car. Its funny how good intentions sometimes come undone, but in the process something else is created! Thank you for adding the link to my blog, you are such a great supporter. I looked at the other two links too, both really worthwhile, I love Anna’s painting, and Pauline’s sketchbooks are so full of energy! Inspiring!


    1. Ah that’s good to hear Anna , loose and free is exactly what I’m striving for in watercolour for the most part . Having said that I’m also enjoying -depending on my subject- just playing in different ways with various pen/ ink and pastels too.
      You’re very welcome Anna, and thanks so much for your insightful comments .
      I wonder if you’re still sat sketching … your Art *collaboration* exhibition is obviously creating much interest …
      Now going back for another look 😉 x


      1. Playing is so important – and maybe having a sketchbook that is just good for rough ideas is useful too, it takes away the preciousness of a ‘good’ sketchbook and gives a greater degree of freedom. Back to the gallery this afternoon, so no doubt more time for sketching! Its been a great experience, lots of lovely responses! Once its over I will do a post on it with some photos.

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  3. The essence of daffodils sounds hard to capture but you did a good job, Poppy. I can just imagine you trying to work your magic in such a confined space. ( I just laughed because the word ‘magic’ inexplicably became ‘manic’). Probably that was quite appropriate. 🤣😘


    1. *big smile .. almost Sylvia ! My set up wasn’t quite like that TV prog Watercolour Challenge with easels chairs and large sun parasols … 😉

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