Here is the second half of my big trip in full. Click on the combo images to see at high resolution.
Volume 5: Driving through England – Cardiff – London
This is my most ambitious and draining part of the trip – quite a lot of driving, over stimulation in going to numerous magnificent great houses one after the other – visiting friends (and family) and staying with some as well. Not to mention trying to find chill time in award winning tearooms!!!!!
And to add to all that I had a motorway closure and serious car problems! There were NUMEROUS pages in this book that were not completed at the time – either needing text or colour or maps etc…but it is all done now! Yay!
Enjoy!!! And if you are getting sick of cups of tea… don’t worry there isn’t a single cup of tea sketch in the next volume!
Volume 6: Venice
While I can’t really say that the first 5 volumes were ‘warm-ups’… the next 2.5 sketchbooks are when the SERIOUS sketching happened – ie. dedicated sketching holiday instead of sketching while holidaying.
As per last years wonderful week in Paris, I had my special friend Eza with me for a totally unbelievable fortnight of sketching in Italy. Eza either makes me slow down or do more ambitious sketches – so you will see a lot more difficult sketches. One of the things I learnt from Frank Ching at the Urban Sketchers symposium was to draw the space between you and the building. Previously I have drawn a lot of front on views (elevations) that I have added people to the foreground to give it a sense of space…but I avoided perspectives (too hard for lazy Liz…)but this trip was all about pushing myself….
Also Eza doesn’t drink tea or coffee (the occasional herbal tea) so no ‘easy’ pages of tea and cakes – in fact not a single cup of tea was drawn in this whole book!! When in Italy I drink coffee!
Our first week together was totally in Venice… what more can I say…sigh…pretty special place to have a week sketching!
Volume 7: Bologna – Rome
Bologna – we only had 1.5 days there… and I CANNOT believe how much sketching I did… and it was really very relaxing. We didn’t know anything about what to see or do so we just wandered the streets and sat down in piazzas and just sketched this direction- then the next. Beautiful beautiful town.
Rome – what can I say… my favourite city – I just got so excited when we arrived. But it is a bit challenging to sketch in – so noisy and busy and often I really missed not having a sketching stool.
The last day in this book I was on my own and managed to get a LOT done – the additional text when I am on my own is mainly quotes from my companion guide – Not built in a Day by George H Sullivan.
Volume 8: Rome – Tuscany – Home
The final volume contains the end of my solo time in Rome, a special time in Tuscany with my friend Robyn and then heading home after 11 weeks of travelling.