And just as impressive (but in a different way) was the fact that it was free to enter the grounds. We didn’t bother to line up to go inside any of the buildings.
After lunch, we found another bench where we could sit and sketch the cathedral – from the side – but the dark clouds were threatening, so I rushed mine. As it turned out, we didn’t get the storm, but it was good to have sketched this view quickly.
On our final sketching day in Krakow, we met up with a group of the local sketchers, and we ended up sketching the castle from the other side of the river. It was such a great day – a lovely bunch and great varied work from the group. It really makes a trip special when you can meet up with other sketchers!
I did three versions of the castle. The first version was what I call ‘the kitchen sink approach’ – I just started and tried to do everything without much planning – especially for the trees. I knew when I started that this would be a hard scene to sketch as the light was changing constantly. I also was over worrying the windows.
(BTW we were sitting at the cafe of a Japanese Museum, hence the tea sketch.)
My Sailor Fude pen hasn’t been flowing well, but I decided to give it a go. I was pleased with this version and it was done in a few minutes.
I also met Roman Szmal who is making his own watercolour paints. These are his early tests and not available for purchasing yet. I’m holding the set that local artist Agata Kwiatkowska developed with him. It was a very nice treat to meet Roman and test some locally produced paints.
Just to finish off our day with the local sketchers…
It’s always good to look at how local artists treat their home town. For example, Esther and I were trying to record the white surrounds to the windows (which are tricky to do in watercolour). I realised that the local artists don’t care about that as much.
A huge thanks to Ela and Anee for organising a great day. I hope to sketch with you all again.