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









Golden Darkness …

FV-Aloe-VCaldera de Gairia

Below the ominous shadow of Caldera de Gairia I watched as these fields of aloe vera took on a subdued glow in the dawn light . The brooding crater silhouette against a rapidly colour changing sky and rows of golden spikes at that time of day I knew would be fleeting, soon the landscape would take on more of the honey-coloured sun baked appearance that many people associate with Fuerteventura . 

Standing at 461m Gairia is one of many volcanic cones to be found on this the oldest of islands in the Canaries . Driving around one becomes familiar with many of them as they stand apart surrounded by lava fields and badlands . 

A few days previously we took a hike around the crater from behind this view, but unfortunately for us the summit was inaccessible at that time. A sign way up along the route informed us access was prohibited due to the protection of nesting birds, I gather though from other reading that August to March it is possible.

Beyond its glorious beaches there are plenty of interesting places to discover and explore here … juggling our interests of photography, walking and geology made for a great trip 🙂 Looking back over photos taken I realise there’s a large collection that really need going through with a view to another post at some point .

A little play with paints again … watercolour jottings in my small sketch book is a great way to experiment without feeling something has to be perfect, and that helps loosen up my brushstrokes and just let things go … ha … much easier said than done !


To finish .. after sipping coffee and making plans for the rest of the day the light was much brighter and a little further along the dusty track look who I found peering over the wall 🙂

I’m really not particularly good with hand held shots but in these conditions with an of ISO 100 and Aperture of F4.5 the shutter speed was 1/500 which certainly helped eliminate my usual shake ‘n blur …


I hope you’re enjoying a mellow kind of week too x