I had one morning in Glasgow on Thursday last week – this is the day before the tragic fire at the Glasgow School of Art – so sad! I didn’t make it to that end of town last week but I’m pleased that I have visited it before (including an inside tour) and sketched it a number of times. (see here and here)
My morning was based around the George Square area and I was greeted by a rainbow, which of course means that rain is around. All morning it was a mixture of sun, wind and little rain and this limited how much sketching I could do.
I started sketching one of the buildings facing the square even though it was raining I used a statue to shield me from the wind and rain.
I’m glad that I sketched at least one red sandstone building. I spent time thinking about what colour to paint it and once again decided that potter’s pink was an important part of the mix. I say once again because this is what I did for the red brick buildings in Verona, and the stone in Umbria.
After visiting a phone shop to get a local sim I headed to Cass Art to stock up on two essential items. I ended up buying some more stuff – mainly due to chatting to the staff member who served me.Honestly, these days I am not as crazy about buying new stuff all the time as I was a few years back, so it surprised me a little that I bought so much. Everything has a reason and an intended purpose for this trip.
One of the new stuff that I bought was a Ecoline watercolour brush pen, so I immediately put it into action with a sketch of GOMA. It was fun to use, and I want to try it again soon.
The rain started again so I headed for another cafe – this time Tinderbox which is were I met Wil Freeborn for the first time in 2010.
It was time for me to return to my hotel to check out and then head to the airport. So one more quick sketch standing up in George Square. I got rather excited to see a Palladian motif (from the basilica in Vicenza) in this building.
And finally. here are my pages from this day in full so you can see how I spend a decent amount of time finishing off the pages having fun with composition.