Sketchbooks

I try to have a sketchbook or something to draw on with me everywhere I go and always have my favourite Kaweco Sports fountain pen in my pocket. Whether I am working en plein air or in the studio, I always start with a preparatory sketch. I think these sketches have a spontaneity which is not always present in the longer, finished pieces. The main purpose of the sketch is to resolve composition and trial colour application.

Here is a selection of work from my sketchbooks reflecting both urban and rural landscapes. All of the sketches have been drawn in situ.

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The harbour front at Staithes, North Yorkshire
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Tobermory on Mull, drawn with non-waterproof ink!
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Whitby Abbey
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Salem Congregational Institute, Leeds
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Cortona, Tuscany
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The Mill at Chateau D’Islette, Azay Le Rideau, France
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Mill and Silos at Le Tanchet, France

 

Cathedrale St Gatien, Tours, France
Cathedrale St Gatien, Tours, France
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San Gimignano, Tuscany
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Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland
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Byland Abbey, North Yorkshire
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