Great news. I've started painting again. I've not done a "proper" painting since August last year - apart from some outside sketching, adding to our Ezra's diary/book and a couple of commissions! This one's another acrylic of Camara Del Lobos in Madeira. The attached photo is the pencil (stage 1) version with some tissue paper glued to the foreground to give a bit of texture. I've set myself a target of 20 paintings by the last week in October this year.... can I do it, will I survive that long? I'll let you know.
My final (of 5 paintings) for Art in the Gardens submission day on Saturday is framed and ready! It's from our beautiful holiday in Madeira last April/May and it's the scene (with a bit of artistic licence on the boats) from below the terrace that Winston Churchill used for his paintings in Camara de Lobos.
Last sketch from Madeira - the Hotel Zone west of Funchal drawn from another extended coffee stop - this time at the Café Quasbar . The Atlantic was swelling up as usual but not enough to stop a couple of intrepid swimmers in the foreground risking a quick dip. It was one of the few places around where you could walk down a (pebbly) beach into the ocean. Most people were sun-bathing. It's all too hot for me!
Another from Madeira. Back to Camara de Lobos via another sardine lunch next to the Atlantic at the Praia Formosa. This sketch from outside the Taberna dos Lobos over looking the boatyard and across from the Churchill restaurant terrace where, we were told, the man himself used sit and sketch - that's the building above the brow (pointed end) of the good ship Estrela do Mar.
Yet another coffee time sketchette this time a view of the Pestana Grand Hotel from the Magic (on the) Rocks Café. The Atlantic below the cliffs on the left and the truly Magic Gardens behind us - don't miss a visit to this garden if you're ever in Madeira, there's an amazing range of ex'otic plants to be drawn/photographed.
My first sketch in Madeira. Camara de Lobos - about 90 minutes walk from our holiday apartment. It took a lot longer than that - we had a lunch of 4 grilled sardines at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean at Praia Formosa. It was perfection - sun, sand, sea and sardines! It wasn't the last time we passed that way - it was my favourite walk and destination.