It is going to get really, really cold soon so I am making the most of getting out and about when I can. Relying on a camera more than sketching very often as I am with other people and time is limited. I did quick sketches at a coffee shop in Longshon with Michelena, in Dalian whilst waiting to get my hair cut and today sketched the sun flowers in Blueberry Farm which is right behind the building where teachers are housed. It was overrun with photographers shouting instructions to brides in ridiculous frilly nylon dresses whilst their grooms fussed with ill fitting cheap suits. This is big business in China and this area seems to attract dozens... as soon as they finished takes in the sun flowers another group drove up.
Saturday, 8 September 2018
Saturday, 18 August 2018
On Saturday late afternoon school organised a beach barbecue at Golden Pebble Beach. The guy at the umbrella in front of us was out for the count on his lounger chair and as I was finishing the sketch a couple turned up for their wedding photographs which turned into the entertainment for the evening. When I work out how to send photos from my phone I will post, as it got dark the bride was strung with light bulbs... the evening finished with the inevitable fireworks. Food appeared and all thoughts of sketching vanished.
Sunday, 15 July 2018
Saturday, 7 July 2018
I managed to burn my arm on Wednesday sitting in the afternoon sun so this morning I joined Paul at the Cliff lifts just before 9am to do some quick studies and left at 10 having sat in the only bit of shade along the front.
Wednesday, 4 July 2018
Yesterday did a quick sketch of a corner of Leigh Library Gardens whilst making time to go to lunch with RNLI friends and today sat and sketched a few of the many children on Leigh beach whilst waiting for Paul to finish his class. Then he drove us to Benfleet Creek, a great place to sketch. With the added bonus of a bar in a barge and a cold beer.
Sunday, 1 July 2018
Really hot afternoon and the tide comes right up in Westcliff so people sit on the pavement to sunbathe. Cooled off under the trees in the Cliff gardens where groups were picnicking. Used a fountain pen and some water to act as a wash.