Seawhite concertina sketchbook

Hahnemuhle sketchbook

On one or two of the rare days last summer that we managed to get beyond the garden gate during a beautiful warm period,  we were fortunate to be able to grasp the opportunity to walk from our house up the lane through the fields of grazing sheep and into the area adjacent to Addingham golf course. And here’s the sketch I did that afternoon showing Beamsley Beacon across the valley. I was using the Seawhite concertina ring binder sketchbook which opens out to four pages allowing panoramic work.  I rather enjoy using a water soluble pen which allows some of the line to soften into the water. As I’m particularly interested in colour, across the watercolour sketch are pencil notes for later studio reference.

The second sketch was done in a Hahnemuhle hard backed landscape watercolour sketchbook which also opens out to a wide format. The mixture of watercolour and gouache allows for a range of strong colour from transparent through to opaque.

Back in the studio, both pieces will be developed into oil paintings though I do have to stretch the linen myself to retain the format dimensions.