sketching the lake

Sketching the lake

Sketching the lake

Here’s today’s sketch made on another grey, cold UK day.  Having climbed over a fence I managed to sit on a plastic bench to draw, believing less people would walk immediately behind me. I’m still very shy about drawing in public. Chiefly because I think I’m not very good. Some did of course peer at me, so I clutched my sketch closer to me. When I feel my sketching’s better, I might be more confident about people being around. Until then I’ll be discreet! Practice makes perfect.

My hands were frozen by the end of it but I was pleased. Trouble is I think I’m putting in too much detail. Wish I could do more sketching and less drawing but I can’t get away from the detail.

If you like water I’ve also sketched a seaside bay

sketching the lake

Sketching the windmill

Well it’s Springtime! A lovely day brought out lots of visitors to the town. I felt I should go draw. The windmill shouldn’t be too challenging to draw, I thought!  You can see how wrong I was. I hid in a shelter and drew what I thought I saw.

I’ve photographed the sketch and some of the scene, but I think even the photo could have shown more of the subject.

Oh well. Onward and upward.

If you liked this, have a look at Sketching the lake


drawing the bay

Sketching the bay

Sketching the bay

Well the drawing lessons have been running for a few weeks now but I’ve been unhappy with my output from them. Maybe it was time to get out from the classroom into the great outdoors and draw what I wanted instead. It was dull and a bit damp when I arrived at the bench I’d selected to sit on. Thankfully it wasn’t damp enough enough to wet the paper, while I spent the best part of 2 hours sketching.  Funny how stiff you get just drawing!  Good job it’s not an Olympic sport.

For the uninitiated I’m holding my sketch in front of the subject, which is the bay near my home.

If you like this one have a look at some of my other drawings like Sketches of Spain

drawing the bay

beginners pine cone drawn quickly

"Drawing for beginners"

Beginners please

I started attending a “Drawing for Beginners” evening class at a local college. The 1st lesson wasn’t what I was expecting, but was really enjoyable because I was actually doing some drawing again. After completing the usual admin forms, the tutor said she was going to ‘free us up’.  She explained we needed to relax in order to draw, hence the music on the radio during every lesson I guess.  Next we chose an object to draw from a tray full of knick-knacks.  I chose a pine cone.  We drew our object with our usual hand (mine’s the right), then with our non-drawing hand, then holding the pencil at the very top, then with our “other” hand again at the very top.

A little loosener

After those looseners we started putting objects together on the table to draw a still life.  Natalie gave us 5 minutes start and then asked us to stand up and move a place to the left to work on another person’s drawing.  Soon progressing around the tables we were able to add colour via crayons or pastels. Eventually we landed back at our original drawing and could see all the additions everyone working on it had made.  And they were ‘interesting’!

Judging from the output pictures below, I think I’ve a few lessons to learn!  Boom, boom!

If you like these have a look at http://adewils.com/sketching-the-lake/


Sketches of Spain

Art lessons

For a recent birthday my wife bought me a couple of lessons with an excellent local artist. He paints in watercolours and oils and sketches. I enjoyed these two lessons so much I had a further two.

Peter’s a marvellous artist who teaches sketching and watercolours, and spends lots of time practising his art out and about. I’ve seen him on the beach with an easel! He exhibits locally at various art shows as well. Because he was going to Yorkshire for a week’s painting and I was bound for Spain for a month’s holiday we decided to call a halt after these 4 lessons.

My drawing career could really start!

I decided that magnificent Malaga was a place where my drawing career could really start. As it happens the only time I took my pencils and paper away from the apartment was once as part of a food shopping trip, when I stopped to sketch on the promenade.

Most of my sketches were done from the balcony terrace of the apartment we stay in, which looks over Cerrado de Calderon to Pedregalejo on the Mediterranean Sea.

I found there was so much to see and draw from there and I had a great time putting these sketches together. The overall title of this piece, “Sketches of Spain” is also the title of a classic jazz long player made in 1960 by the great American jazz trumpeter Miles Davis.


If you liked this, why not have a look at Sketching the lake and Sketching the bay ?