A New Sketchbook

I have a love / hate relationship with a brand new sketchbook. Each new book is perfectly shaped and clean, and contains not a single error of placement, pigment, or judgement. It’s potentially a bookshelf gallery of joyous art. Potentially. And before I begin, I imagine it finished and filled with faultless works that tell […]

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Day 106: Maitland Monument

What’s Maitland? Don’t know! But it’s the name of a rotunda in a seaside park in Kerkira. Drawn in 20 minutes with Staedtler 0.2 pigment liner. Outlined and annotated in 0.5 : Then shaded using Ecoline brush pens. Later I quickly sketched the old castle from the south east. Prisma time!

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Day 105: Kerkira Cafés

More street sketches in cafés. Continuing with Staedtler pigment liners and Ecoline brush pens in a 16:9 Winsor & Newton sketchpad. This shot is extended to make an iPhone wallpaper with the time on a black background! When I showed this to the owner, he showed me his wife’s version in which she added 100% […]

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Day 102: Kerkira Streets

Three sketches using Staedtler pigment liners 0.05, 0.1, 0.2 & 0.3 & 0.5mm widths and Ecoline Brush Pens for tone. 16:9 Winsor & Newton sketchbook. First one near “Mon Repos”, birthplace of Prince Philip, the DoE: Second from the restaurant En Plo looking at the Old Fort: Lastly, an evening looking up the “Guildford Road” […]

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Day 86: Hurricane Zorba

Hurricane “Zorba” is pounding Greece this weekend. The wrong weekend to take a boat to Athens for an open air concert by the legendary George Dalaras. We got repeatedly soaked, the concert was cancelled, but we enjoyed the cosy warm & dry ferry boat lounge and the welcoming Piraeus Cafe, “Piri Café”. And I sketched […]

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Day 79: Fish Bookmark Wallpaper

In the last 80 days I’ve painted 26 postcards and put them into letters to friends and family. Sometimes I push them through Prisma and/or crop to 9:16 to double as a wallpaper for our iPhones. They’d look better on Watercolour paper than on cheap plain postcards. Probably. This little collection of fish is in […]

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Day 70: Archontiko Hotel

An hotel that thinks it is a time machine lies between Orthodox Agios Nikolaos Church and the Pirgos (Tower) Of Markellos in Aegina town. Even in September, the problem is choosing between sitting in the shade or getting a good view. I sat in the shade and drew for 15m with W&N ©️0.3 Inkliner and […]

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Day 65: Tones Of Grey

It’s not just that Grey is a colour, Grey is also needed to desaturate all the other colours. Perhaps Grey is in fact not a colour, so much as the cancellation effect of two other colours that are positioned on roughly opposite sides of the colour wheel. Here are some recipe suggestions from a self […]

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Day 63: The Alley

Again, seeking a view with dynamic perspective, I find a Café with a chair facing a steep alley climbing out of the dock of Poros town. I order a lemonade, and get started with a W&N 0.3 Inkliner. Later I add watercolour splashes and play with iOS Prisma. As well as pushing the colours and […]

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Day 62: Naos Oytos

This tiny church had strong shadows and a simple composition. So I went for ink and wash, sitting on a mat of fallen bark under a eucalyptus tree. Shade is vital. I can never resist discovering a possible improvement by #Prisma, so here goes, with filters Roy, Newspaper, and two (67% and 100%) of my […]

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Movie Review: “Madame”

The Last Supper Superficially, “Madame” is a comedy about the predicament of Bob and Anne, struggling with the pressures of their upper class lifestyle, in particular Anne’s neurotic controlling and insecurity. It all unfolds through the introduction of an ingénue; their maid Maria, who inadvertently brings farcical chaos into the already complicated relationships surrounding Bob […]

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Day 59: Monochrome Tone Sketch

Objectives: capture the scale, orientation and shadows of each house in the cluster that climbs the hill behind my hotel. 30m with Winsor & Newton 0.3 inkliner and two Ecoline Grey marker pens. Result before and after adding Ecoline shading and then tinted and monochrome preset filtering with Snapseed: And then with shading:

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Day 58: Tree and Leaf

The photo was good; Prisma made it better. Then I painted the Prisma version and ran that through Prisma. Then I cropped it to be a smartphone wallpaper. Photo: Photo with Roy filter in Prisma: My painting of the above: Painting with Gothic filter of Prisma:

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