Earlier in the month I gave a talk and demo to the Castle Hill Art Society on Travel sketching. Needless to say, I had a ball! I love sharing ideas about how I manage to fill sketchbook after sketchbook when I am travelling and to show people that there are so many options and opportunities to sketch when you are travelling. BTW it is ‘travel’ sketching because you don’t need to leave home to do this – it is an attitude to your daily life.
You just have to THINK about it… and not expect to produce a completed masterpiece painting each time! Successful travel sketching is all in the mind – you have to think and plan beforehand, you must be thinking about sketching while you are travelling and you must make snap decisions about how and what you want to record on your page.
I showed them my kit, the all important bag and explained my 30 sec challenge: “can you get your sketchbook and pen out in 30 secs? if it is in the bottom of your bag it will never be used!”
Lots of funny expressions captured by the camera (thanks Robyn for taking these photos)
And then I added very loose watercolour over the top. I much prefer to work at a calmer pace than this frenetic splashing of paint, but if I was travelling I would prefer to have a go and sketch something rather than have an empty page and wish I had sketched that church.
It was a great night and I am very excited that I will soon announce my first 3 day travel sketching workshop in Launceston. Details will be included in my March newsletter due out 3 March. Subscribe below.