Another 96 of my Sheffield Skylines 01 & 02 cards ready for delivery to the Millennium Gallery Shop in Sheffield right next to the TV area for the World Snooker Championship at the Crucible. Just 48 prints to mount and pack in the next few days.
LONDON (Westminster Abbey)
My impression of Barker's Pool Sheffield. It's for our (Heeley Art Club) Exhibition at Gallery 35, Chapel Walk, Sheffield 11th-16th August - come along! While I was finishing this one our younger daughter Sian was producing our next generation - our next prince "Rory". It wasn't easy but both are well! Congratulations to her and Andrew. Our Rory was born in time for the kick off of the new football (soccer in the USA) season at 2.11pm. Love you all 3. x
Sheffield on the hill - looking up Pond Hill..... stage 3 finished! Can't decide whether or not to add it to my display in the "10 artists and 10 paintings" at Baslow on 24 & 25 October. In the meantime I must do some house maintenance, painting and decorating!
Sheffield on the hill - looking up Pond Hill..... stage 2: the windows and a few shadows.
Next!! Sheffield on the hill - looking up Pond Hill..... stage 1, the pen drawing.
Whitby after the Landslide. Finished at last! Do you think I've put too many seagulls on the mudflats - they're usually all around the chip shop.
Didn't get anything done today (grandchild minding) but just the foreground and shadows to paint!
While my wife and friends went on a riverboat trip on the Canal de Alfonso X111 - an arm off the Rio Guardalquivir I spent the morning drawing the Cathedral and part of the afternoon painting it. I was sitting under a shady tree just outside the exit from the stunning Alcazar which we had visited the day before. A guide on one of the many packs of tourists that stood in front of me while I was drawing said to them that it was the best view of the Tower - my instinct to sit in that spot was spot on!
All my sketches from our Mallorcan Holiday in the beautiful Soller Valley:
Puerto Soller boatyard - our breakfast view over a cappuccino con crema & Napolitano chochlatino (not sure about the spelling!)
Can Prohom high above the Soller Valley - good welcome and good cake and fresh orange.
Soller Cathedral - right hand entrance porch from over a cool Coke at Café Aro at Placa Constitucio.
Placa d' Espanya at Fornalutx where we met the Policia Locale who helped find the wallet I lost last September
Fishing boats in the corner of the marina at Puerto Soller below the old monastery now a maritime museum.
The old monastery at Puerto Soller viewed from lunchtime at the Nautilus Bar. The view vertically down to the Mediterranean is absolutely spectacular!
I was sitting under the ramp up to the Town Hall in Soller at the Placa Constituticio to sketch this one looking towards the Carrer de Vives. This was my final sketch.
The Tobacos at Placa Constitucio, Soller over a cool San Miguel at Bar Firo
The upper lighthouse overlooking the Puerto Soller Bay. This sketch is from over lunch at the picnic tables to the Refugi.
The lower and disused lighthouse at the entrance to Puerto Soller - looks good from any direction!
This was the view from our first cappuccino and cake breakfast in the Port. I wasn't quite warmed up.
Manarola one of the 5 towns of the Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy.... just 4 more to paint in pen and watercolour!
Duomo di Siena from the terrace alongside the Basilica Cateriniana San Domenico. I think I'll stop the painting there.
I was up 'til 2.30 this morning to get this far - just couldn't stop! I even straightened the guttering on the red building - perhaps I should have done that on the original detail design drawings I helped on in 1986! Need to erase all the dirty marks left by my T-square, yes T-square, I'm a bit of a Luddite, or maybe re-writing history as is the fad for the last 5 years.
Lines, lines, lines.... love them!
Due to unforeseen lack of artist talent, had to put my painting of Portofino on hold this evening. Did this sketchette of Matera in Southern Italy to cleanse my mind... and palette!