Tuesday, October 11, 2016

A view of the duomo of Siena

A famous view of a famous building. How many tourists to Siena turn the corner by San Domenico and stop to see the city rising like barnacles on the opposite hill? I know I did.

This etching is based on a pencil drawing I made on site, which you can see here. I made a quick watercolour as well, as the sun went down. See it here.

Note how both watercolour and drawing show a mirror image of this picture. That's because the process of etching flips the image.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Monday, September 19, 2016

Let's be selfish

Drawn with a ballpoint pen at the Locomotive cafe - I left my china marker at home.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Fonte Nuova d'Ovile, Siena.

This was, I think, the first picture I made in Siena, Italy. I cycled from Florence - not a short ride - and into the hilltop city. My route to the city centre took me past the Fonte Nuova - that's the new fountain, of course, built as recently as the late 13th century by a pair of architects with the portentous names of Carmaino di Crescentino and Sozzo di Rustichino.

Of course I had to stop and get out the watercolours. I used the fountain's water for my brushes.


Monday, September 12, 2016

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Friday, August 12, 2016

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Eastbury Manor

I drew this view from life, on a warm May day in Compton, near Guildford, in the UK, using a Copic brush pen and a handful of Pigma Microns.

The manor, a red brick pile crowned by a forest of chimneys, is now a retirement home. The triangular spire behind it belongs to the ancient church of Saint Nicolas, whose old graveyard overlooks the retirement home's gardens.

Monday, July 11, 2016

The wreck in the harbour - Dracula arrives in England

A ship founders under the steep sides of the English town of Whitby. It was here that Dracula came to Britain in the late 1890s, aboard the Russian ship Demeter, and that's what I was thinking about when I made the picture.

I used a modern version of Whitby, however - the one I saw a few years back. This is the view, more or less, looking down on the town from the ruined abbey on the north shore.

Monday, July 4, 2016

never on time

I drew and painted this many years ago now, on a spare piece of cardboard. It was done quickly, because my model had places to be.