Sketchbook Britain 2022
I started the journey with just a pencil and a sketchbook and drew a few pictures at the airport.
I wanted to be quicker on the draw and shading with graphite is time-consuming. So when I got to London, I bought a couple of thin-line markers and made some sketches of the hotel where I stayed, the first pub I went to for some fish'n'chips, and a street scene in .
Rachel came down with Covid so she and her mate Jo got me a room at the Wesley Hotel near Euston Station and I spent a couple of days cooling my heels. When I finally got to Berkhamstead, I showed Rachel my drawings and she suggested that I get some watercolors to give them a splash of color. I bought a cheap set of pans at the Berko art store and my world changed.
The smaller images are from my sketchbook, the larger images are of the 9x12 paintings over the next year from the photos I took along the way.
Big Ben Under Repair
Camden Street Sceen
Berkhamstead and the Grand Union Canal
By the time I got to Berko, Jo had come down with Covid, so they got me an Airbnb there so I could at least see Rachel.
I added a few colored markers to my arsenal, but I never really got a feel for them.
Cross Oak Road
Christine Has a Pleasant Breakfast Conversation with Herself at the Crown
The Copper House
Berkhamstead Castle Keeper's House
The Red Bridge
Opening the Gates
Green Narrow Boat
Swamp Chicken (Moorhen)
Great Hall at Edinburgh Castle
Purple Flower Wall
The House on Menlove Avenue
The Cavern Club Museum Re-Creation
Chester Bridge from the Chester Wall
Jo Makes Her Move
Cardiff Castle Keep
The Heel Stone