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10-01-2010, 03:17 PM
I spent a blissful summer in Spain where I kept a little sketchbook. I am also including a few botanical studies here too as I am currently doing the Distance Learning Diploma course with the Society of Botanical Artists. As my botanical sketchbook will be marked as part of the course, I can't really share it yet, but these are a few non-assignment studies that I did alongside the plein airs in Spain.
The small sketchbook is Derwent (Uzmaki Gate). It's a nice size, A5, and the paper takes watercolour quite well... but the paper is quite yellow and took a while to get used to. The botanical sketches are A4 size.


This is the view from our balcony... I never got around to adding colour.:)



10-01-2010, 03:28 PM
And of course, there was the beach just outside

My daughter and I went searching for shells but there wasn't a great selection. I did find a nice feather though!
We visited the Bonsai museum... but it was too hot to sketch in, so we sat outside to sketch (my daughter also sketched whilst the other fed the ducks)

Actually we went to this park quite a bit to feed the ducks, and the turtles in the pond which was a novelty!

10-01-2010, 03:35 PM
Sometimes we went to Marbella old town where there was always a seat in the shade and a pretty view.
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I liked this tiled sign... I took a photo of it and painted it at home.

10-01-2010, 03:46 PM
I went out with the girls to Selwo- a safari park nearby. We sat in the restaurant at the very top of the mountain and I bribed them with ice cream whilst I painted. They really wanted to go and see the animals (the lions were just below us)
As we walked back ( across rope bridges) and through the different areas, I couldn't help collecting a few seed pods which I painted in my botanical sketchbook later
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Another day, we drove up to Mijas- a tiny picturesque village in the mountains where they have donkey taxis. Okay, so they don't really go anywhere- just round the town- but the girls loved them!
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10-01-2010, 03:54 PM
Sometimes, I just painted at home in the evenings
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One of the walls on our balcony has wonderful Morroccan style tiles... so whilst they rest of the family watched Xfactor, I doodled. It is wonky as I didn't use a ruler, tut, tut!
... and more botanical studies
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10-01-2010, 04:04 PM
One day we watched some young girls do a dance... I took a photo and did this at home. It's my least favourite sketch in the book- I prefer painting plants to people!

My favourite place is a small park right in the centre of Marbella, full of huge trees and quiet corners
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And finally, I couldn't resist these lovely magnolia seed pods.... I was very naughty and picked them off the tree.

Back in Egypt, I was lucky to catch the last of the poinciana tree flowers, so I'm including that sketch here too

Thanks for looking!

Carole A
10-01-2010, 05:59 PM
C.M. ~ Your botanicals are absolutely stunning. Your shells and feather are as well. I think you should probably be teaching your botanicals class.

I was in Marbella a few years back and wish I could have gotten out to see more; unfortunately my husband got very sick while we were there, so I was reluctant to leave the resort for very long at a time, only to walk to the market. It was beautiful; maybe we'll go back one of these days.

Anxious to see more from you. You are an inspiring and accomplished artist.

Carole A

10-01-2010, 06:04 PM
This is such a great book, makes me want to go back to Spain even more than I did before! :)

10-01-2010, 06:19 PM
(Picking jaw off the ground!)

AMAZING paintings and botanical paintings. EVERYTHING is amazing!!!!!!

10-01-2010, 08:57 PM
I'm with Stacey - there are so many WOW factor paintings here! Forgive me though, I love your botanicals best - I am particularly partial to Botanical Illustration and would love to do a course (one day I might bug you for some info about your course ;) ) Other than the botanicals, I rather like the donkeys, your colours are beautiful. Thank you for sharing with us :)

10-01-2010, 09:05 PM
Wow, these are just exceptional! Love them all. Your perspective in the architectural subjects is really well done.

10-01-2010, 11:31 PM
Oh my, these are so, so awesome. The botanicals are wonderful.

10-01-2010, 11:47 PM
Cairo - Stacy has it right! There aren't enough WOW's to cover how beautiful your work is. Thank you so much for sharing it. This is truly a journal for you to treasure.


10-02-2010, 01:42 AM
your botanical stuff is great! my favourite is that irridescent blue feather, which you've caught beautifully

10-02-2010, 01:58 AM
Cairo, these are incredible! Both the architecture and the botanicals are so striking, so real and natural. I love your style, your polished skills and great sense of color and composition. The dancer didn't come out badly even if she was difficult for you - they're all fantastic.

Vivien Maloney
10-02-2010, 02:28 AM
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!!!!! They are all awesome.

Joan T
10-04-2010, 01:41 PM
Cairo - I'm so glad you posted these. Wonderful sketches!!! I think I could easily be found somewhere in that sketch of the beach. The sketches from old town Marbella are among my favorites...that single window, the corner window, the scene with the orange umbrellas. And then there are your awesome botanical sketches. I can't decide which of the gorgeous hibiscus pages I like best, or which seed pod. Thank you so much for sharing your work with us. I have missed having your constant presence in the scavenger hunts.

10-04-2010, 08:31 PM
Your work is a pleasure to view....thanks so much for sharing!

10-12-2010, 06:00 AM
Congratulations! your sketchbook about your trip to Spain is outstanding. Very good!

10-12-2010, 07:54 AM
Wow! they are all so beautiful. You could frame them! I like the girl as well! you have great talent

10-12-2010, 10:40 PM
fantastic sketches, they are incredible

10-13-2010, 12:32 AM
Oooh!! These are stunning!! I love the blue-black feather :) :) :)

10-13-2010, 09:21 AM
Thank you all for your really kind and encouraging comments. I apologise profusely for not getting back sooner- I'm on a deadline at the moment to finish an assignment for the botanical art course and have been really busy with that. I'm nearly done, but need a few more days yet!
Anyway, thank you everyone!

PS. Jackie- the course details are here
I'd be more than happy to answer anything you wish to ask, just give me a week or so. Good luck!