All good things must come to an end and sadly I had to leave Scotland this afternoon. But the good news is that I am now focusing my journey (both physically and mentally) on getting to Manchester! Tonight I am in England and it is warm and sunny – a real shock to the system.
But before I start discussing England, it is time to wrap up the Scottish leg of my trip so I’ll start with a 10 minute sketch of perhaps the most famous castle in the Highlands – Eilean Donan.
Here are photos of the last 3 days in my sketchbook:
The halfway point wass the dramatic valley of Glencoe and amazingly it was also the halfway point for my brother and family who were heading north to meet up with my sister.
I have spent quite a bit of time here on previous trips so it was nice just to walk around again.
But it is not just CRM buildings that I love in Glasgow, it is the general abundance of grand Victorian architecture that makes this city so special. Here is a quick sketch of the Town Hall on George Square.
I met a few interesting Glaswegians while sketching this including a well dressed, extremely polite drunk who kept saying “Miss, your work is so beautiful”
Note: I am also a big fan of Greek Thomson’s work but sadly didn’t have time to visit any this trip.
I had lovely Sunday at a local church and dinner with great friends who I haven’t been in contact with since last trip 6 years old. Don’t you love ‘long term low maintenance’ friends? – in this case its ‘zero maintenance’!
It was very very special to meet long time online friend Bridget Hunter – an amazing Scottish landscape painter. Check out here work here.
We talked art for 4 hours and it was wonderful to look through her working sketchbook – quick notes, sketches and studies that she can then paint from. Lots of inspiration from hearing Bridget talk about her recent directions in more abstract work and the importance of colour and marks.
Thanks Bridget for a great morning – definitely one of the highlights of my trip!!!
Tonight I am in Penrith (2 hours south of Glasgow). It is simply a ‘break-a-long-drive’ type of overnight stop and not a must-see destination. But it is a lovely town, so after arriving at 5pm this afternoon I went out for dinner and did a few sketches! Are you surprised?
Tomorrow I have an exciting day on my own visiting a location that is in my top 10 favourite UK places/buildings. Any guesses?
I think this will be the last totally solo day. In my 8 week trip I have only had one other day when I was totally on my own (Thursday just past). My solo travel these days is always very social!
I ‘ve had a wonderful time with family and church friends over the last fortnight, but now it is sketching friends for a few weeks.
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