As I look back through my Europe16 books I am really liking the simplest pieces. I am constantly amazed at how satisfied I am with them – they contain enough information to record the essence of the place and/or the moment. And the best part of all is that I actually did them! It really takes little time and effort to pull out a pen and draw a few lines*.
Here is an (almost) single line drawing of Portree – I really wanted to sketch this part of the Isle of Skye in watercolour but it was too late in the day and the wonderful light had disappeared. The temptation was not to bother at all but I’m really happy that I have this sketch instead.
And here is another sketch that I did after I had eaten my fish and chips. At the time I was thinking that I would just do the absolute minimum linework and then complete both linework and paint from a photo reference and memory back at my B&B. But before I had gone very far into the drawing, I decided that I liked this crazy incomplete sketch the way it was. I think it accurately records the tension between my travelling exhaustion and my sketching obsession, especially as I had to shrink a few buildings to fit them into the sketch!
If you missed it, the full adventures from this particular day are included in this article.
Don’t set the bar too high. Simply taking a line for a walk (I love that expression) is a great thing to do!
* don’t let your inner critic take a ‘few lines on a page’ too seriously. It’s only a sketch!