I had hired a bike and cycled at least a few kilometres every day, usually in the heat of the afternoon when the children had taken refuge in the pool. I wandered the coastal road and lanes around the Albufereta nature reserve, trying to find a way near to the remaining wetland. In these meanderings, I found a small kite and paddle surf shop staffed by enthusiasts, with a fridge stocked with bottles of Galician lager.
On one day, I found a path that wound through dried up ponds to a raised observation point and on another, a track past a farm brought me closer to the remaining marsh from a different direction. The three sketches were each done in an attempt to capture the sparkle of the distant water on a hot day, set against the dry vegetation and distant mountains.
These are all on cold pressed heavy paper: the top two on the Arches carnet de voyage and the lowest one on the smoother Stillman and Birns beta pad. For the first, I drew directly in watercolour whereas in the second I constructed the main shapes first in a waterproof fine marker. Oddly, this allowed me more freedom to use white paper in the composition. In the last drawing, on a different day, I used the fountain pen and then added a minimum of colour with conte crayon and chalk pastel, mobilising the pigment with clean water.
Beautiful, what a fun journey. – Sharon
Watercolour certainly enables one to express the sparkle of light on the water, if the whites of the paper are retained.
It certainly looks like a beautiful part of the world. All three sketches have their own charms. I’m really responding to the second sketch. I’m also thinking that the more you draw a scene the more it comes to focus in your mind and hence it ‘works’ better. Just a thought. Enjoy the rest of your stay!
I’m home now and back in work tomorrow :-(. Just when I found another great place to draw. Oh well. Next year ….
I particularly love the tremendous depth in the middle drawing