Travelling before an Urban Sketchers Symposium is always a delicate balance. In 2016 I travelled for 6 weeks before the symposium in Manchester which included driving through Scotland and Northern England (changing accommodation every one or two nights) plus visiting lots of friends (such as staying with Lynne Chapman). As a result I was totally exhausted and travel-weary when I arrived in Manchester and struggled with my energy levels during and after the symposium. So this year (being an even longer trip) I knew that it was really important to have a solo rest week before I head to Porto.
The result: A week in West Wemyss, a tiny village on the Fife coast of Scotland. I stayed in a gorgeous Airbnb and the plan was to rest and do some work (say 4 hours a day). I wasn’t expecting the village to be that interesting and so thought I might go on a few day trips to some of the more well-known fishing villages in the area (Pittenween, Crail etc).
But in the first evening I realised that this place was far more rich in history (coal mines and harbour) and scenic views that I expected. More about it here.
This map shows how small is it!
In the end I decided not to do as many day trips, but to stay in West Wemyss as much as I could. I also realised that I had more work than I thought – including all the blogposts I have shared in the past two weeks! It feels really good to have had the time to catch up with my work and articles here.
I did a lot of sketching during the week I was in West Wemyss. So here they are in full.
Note 1. Keep scrolling as I will share some thoughts at the end
Note 2. I will share my day trip sketches separately
Finally that evening I did another sketch from the harbour. I only intended to sketch the Belvedere and surrounding buildings, but I could have continued and done the whole scene.
Monday (last afternoon)
That was a very productive little sketching session! I then went back and did another hour or so of work, wating until the lighting was perfect for another harbour sketch!
Tuesday (final morning)
A quick sketch of the Wemyss Chapel Gardens – more about it here. I had hoped to have sketched it closer up, but I ran out of time. Where did the week go?
Oh! I love this place and could easily have spent two weeks here.
As for my sketches…
What is so surprising for me in this collection, is how many traditional ink and wash sketches I have done (ie. ink first then wash). I am not sure that I had an explanation for why, but it is interesting.
This week’s worth of sketching is another proof that I like sketching the same thing over and over again. Actually what was so cool about this town is that I was sketching the same buildings from multiple angles. Oh! it’s such a beautiful village!!