Sketch Zakynthos Town

Sketch Zakynthos Town

Holiday sketch from hotel room balcony while adjusting to the heat of Zakynthos (Zante), an Ionian island off mainland Greece.
This year I took a different sketchbook – Moleskine, a present waiting to be used. I found this a very useful size and format to carry around and my Faber-Castell ink brush pens pulled nicely over the paper surface without bleeding through to the other side. As I am left handed I use sketchbooks by working my way through the back pages to the front (or sometimes upside down), but this sketchbook opens up quite flat if you are drawing across both pages. Initially I was not sure about the yellow tinted paper but now find it a friendly tone to work with especially if you have time to develop drawings tonally.
The little human figures are residents inspecting their water tanks and t.v. aerials plus having a chat and catching the breeze.

Bramley apples on high branch

Bramley apples on high branch

This artwork was developed from an oil pastel sketch and reworked using acrylic ink and indian ink. The apples were not quite ready to drop but now two weeks later I move out of the way if a wood pigeon takes off knocking fruit to the ground. Some of the apples are quite big……..
This painting will be exhibited in the Essex Maldon Art Trail 2013. My venue this year – Maldon Cookshop, with a really good window space.

Onion bed RHS Hyde Hall Garden, Essex

Onion bed RHS Hyde Hall Garden, Essex

Onions in the RHS trial/demonstration vegetable plot almost ready to harvest. This acrylic ink and indian ink artwork was developed from a sketch made on my last visit to RHS Hyde Hall Garden, Essex, England.
I grow shallots at home but when they are in the ground they are not as sculptural as these onions.