Wednesday, 25 August 2010


During my weekend at Anita's we discussed our trip to Italy next May and decided we needed to get more comfortable about sketching plein air their wonderful ancient architecture, so had the brainwave of putting on THE POWER OF ART a BBC art series. With modern technology we chose a few scenes during Simon Schama's travels to still and sketch from in the comfort of Anita's lovely soft green sofas.

Here are three efforts that very late but fun time evening:

Dome in Florence
double spread in Sennelier watercolours

St Peter's Rome
in Sennelier watercolours

Went a bit wrong with the St Peter's full colour when I added three arches of a bridge at the bottom. Just did not like them so heavily drawn in ink. So guess what? - I stuck a piece of selected colour paper from Anita's card supplies and wrote on the top. !! There's always an answer!!

Corner of St Peter's Rome
borrowing Anita's sepia water soluble ink pen

If we keep doing this over the next 6 months. maybe we will feel comfortable sketching in the streets amongst all the tourists!!


Christiane Kingsley said...

Nice sketches, Joan. What a nice way to get ready for a trip to Italy!

Marie Theron said...

These sketches are so vibrant and full of detail too, Joan! What a wonderful travel journal you are going to have!

Marie Theron said...

Joan, I paged through your beautiful book on the right! What a wonderful and colorful record! Good luck with it!

Claudia said...

Like always, your sketches are very good, especially the last one ( I like that colour)!- While sketching in crowded places (like in Portugal, maybe you remember my blog entry) I have always had much fun and sometimes, very nice conversations!

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

Thanks for commenting. On looking at my screen they all look crooked to me!!
Thanks Marie - your comment re my book prompted me to add that a click on the book cover enables you to see a preview of the first 15 pages. Glad you liked it.

I'll go back Claudia and look for your Portugal post.

Claudia said...

Hello Joan,
here is the link to my Portugal post:

But, p l e a s e ,read only the post and don't look at my painting...because the perspective is totally wrong ...

SKIZO said...

Thank you for sharing
This fabulous work with us
Good creations