It’s traditional barbecue weather this weekend in Edinburgh, where I’ve stopped over to help celebrate a friend’s birthday. Being outdoorsy folk, a couple of awnings and waterproof jackets dealt with the precipitation and we had a good time.
Now I’m enjoying a few leisurely hours in the city centre, watching people and situations and practising peripheral vision sketching.
Overhearing fragments of untold stories. .. if I were better at recalling phrases. .
My coffee cup is drained, only crumbs remain of the cake, time to find a train back to go home, where the beginning of a new painting awaits me.
Outside, the sun has broken through the clouds. . Happy Sunday!
It’s a funny, inconsistent Summer, which has felt busier than usual, for me; filled with a restless feeling of the need for change and clearing out. In this atmosphere of uncertainty and uneliability, I feel sometimes all I can do is stop and just look at things as they are now, without getting distracted along lines of inquiry; just look and draw or paint.
I’m on the last two pages of another sketchbook, ready to start a new one when I take a trip to the Netherlands in a few days’ time.
Here are some recent sketches:
Bantock Rose Garden
Quarry Bank Mill
Looking back and ahead
There will be seeds in the wind
They are in a mix of ink, watercolour, coloured pencil. I may work on ideas from some of these in due course. The struggle, as always, is for me to retain the freshness of the sketch and to avoid over-working a more “finished” piece; work in progress, a lifetime’s worth!