A figure in the landscape

I recently spent a few days at West Dean College in Sussex, on a course called Drawing in the gardens – Pattern and place.  One of the challenges we were set was ‘A figure in the landscape’.  Here are a few drawings.  The Victorian greenhouses in the West Dean gardens are under restoration, so scaffolding was also a feature.

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Using a sketchbook

A few weeks ago, I posted some sketches I had done on a visit to Morocco.  Here is some work I have done subsequently from those quick location drawings.  There are two works in soft pastel, two small watercolours, and a section from the experimental sketchbook I have been keeping, drawing onto a background of collage, ink and gesso.  Although this seems an obvious thing to do, to keep a sketch book and then make more developed paintings later, in practice I have rarely done this.  The sketches have not seemed ‘good enough’, I am more interested in working on location rather than make studio paintings.  I feel it is progress that I have taken this further and it has helped to embed my recollections of this journey.

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Above are the pastels, first a view of the gardens of the Mamounia Hotel, followed by a scene from the Majorelle Garden, which used to belong to Yves Saint Laurent, both in Marrakech.

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Above are two watercolours, first one of Essaouira, and the second a view of the Kasbah above Imlil in the Atlas mountains.  The two last images, below, and sketchbook pages which aim to give more general memories of some of the scenes of Morocco I remember from my trip.

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