I love a crunchy sketchbook. There’s something about the feel of heavy paper and bits stuck on, and the creak when you turn a page that makes me happy and makes me want to scribble and get creative with glue.
Here’s a pretty terrible video that I did on my phone of my Cornish sketchbook from a recent sketching trip (I can handle a paint brush but can’t hold a camera still to save my life, so please excuse the wobbles!).
I love the sea at Sennen. Everyone always heads to St Ives, but in my opinion, Sennen is the place to head for colour and light. In the cove itself, the sea is astonishing turquoise and purple – to the west of the headland, down to Lands End, the sea is silver, like liquid mercury.
My sketches aim to capture essential information that will help me to develop paintings and works back in the studio. I’ve got quite good at ‘leaving stuff out’ over the years. Where I’d once labour over drawing every twig, I now look for form and movement and the essence of the thing that I’m drawing. It’s much more useful when remembering a place.
The sketches below are mostly in acrylic, water-soluble graphite and ink.