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rosta
02-04-2019, 12:04 PM
We've been trying to escape the winter by fleeing to the Canary Islands, where there's lots to sketch. Here are a couple of the latest entries from my travel journal.


Glitzy art-deco bandstand....

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Feb-2019/2076281-IMG_20190204_0001.jpg

I just love ships, ports, lighthouses or anything nautical, so I spent two happy hours drawing this....

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Feb-2019/2076281-IMG_20190204_0007.jpg

Maureen - I'm not sure if I should post these in this forum or in the journal forum but they are done (mainly) ink...... and both were drawn live on site :)

toowoomba sketcher
02-04-2019, 05:36 PM
Great sketches Ron.

pedlars pen
02-05-2019, 10:00 AM
Nice sketches Ron,both the bandstand & the ships stern have some tricky perspective but you've handled both of them very well.
Please! no more sketches with people wearing shorts & tee-shirt ! It's 2pm back home & the temperature has reached one degree ! :envy:
Mike

rosta
02-06-2019, 06:06 AM
Thanks Shane and Mike for your kind comments.

Mike we're back in Blighty now - memories of those lovely afternoons sketching are fading fast. :(

Charlie's Mum
02-06-2019, 11:59 AM
These are so good Ron - tricky view points and intricate areas to make sense of when drawing - well done - and much better than bringing back postcards!:lol:

You can cross-post in two forums - a subject-based and a medium-based - so here is fine for the second!:)

rosta
02-07-2019, 01:58 PM
Thanks for your nice comments Maureen. Sketching is definitely much more satisfying than a phone full of holiday photos - and for three hours work I've saved 2 on postcards.:lol:



The great thing about travel sketches are the peripheral memories associated with each drawing, you can almost re-live the experience of doing the work.



If its OK with you I'll add some more images to this thread and maybe start a fuller thread (with some watercolours) in the Journals forum.

rosta
03-08-2019, 11:57 AM
Last November we took a city break to Bristol for a few nights. Its a fascinating city with a lot of history and plenty to sketch.

These are from my travel journal...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Mar-2019/2076281-18-11_Bristol.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Mar-2019/2076281-18-11_Clifton.jpg

Payne's Grey
03-08-2019, 12:16 PM
Nice, Ron. I like the sketch of the SS Great Britain. I always have trouble with the perspective of drawing boat hulls.

rosta
03-09-2019, 06:18 PM
Thanks John.


Yes, boat hulls are tricky - the combination of perspective and compound curves can be a nightmare to draw. :(

laika
03-09-2019, 08:39 PM
Very nice work! I've enjoyed looking at these.

rosta
03-11-2019, 03:40 AM
Thanks Lamar.

I'm now on my second travel journal - one of the benefits of retirement is plenty of time to travel and to draw.

pedlars pen
03-11-2019, 04:19 AM
It's already been said but your perspective is admirable , the ships hull is "mere" scribble but her lines are described accurately & with apparent ease.
Clifton suspension bridge - very tightly drawn , if one angle were out it would be very obvious but there is nothing out ,it all flows so loosely & easily.
In really good drawings, I remember reading somewhere that "good art or a good style " boils down to a concealment of effort.
You have that in spades Ron.
Mike

tiago.dagostini
03-11-2019, 07:36 AM
Nice sketches Ron,both the bandstand & the ships stern have some tricky perspective but you've handled both of them very well.
Please! no more sketches with people wearing shorts & tee-shirt ! It's 2pm back home & the temperature has reached one degree ! :envy:
Mike



Want to trade? 44C degrees here today :/

pedlars pen
03-11-2019, 01:49 PM
Want to trade? 44C degrees here today :/

How about we agree on meeting in the middle ? That's just perfect for me :lol:

rosta
03-11-2019, 07:06 PM
Thanks for your kind comments Mike :)

rosta
03-12-2019, 10:48 AM
The Kings Observatory was commissioned by George III and completed in 1769 in time to observe the transit of Venus across the sun, an event which occurs every 120 years.

The observatory building is a beautiful Palladian style villa designed by William Chambers and set in landscaped gardens set out by Capability Brown.

It was a really strange feeling to go up the spiral staircase, squeeze into the cupola and then stand on the very spot where King George would have stood 250 years ago. Real history!

The observatory is a private house now and we were lucky to get a tour it's the first time it has been open to the public.......

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Mar-2019/2076281-Kings_Observatory.jpg