At the end of July I was lucky enough to go to San Francisco with my sister-in-law Karen. We stay with our long-time best mate Mel who lives in Mountain View. She has a lovely apartment where we crash and enjoy the pool, gym, sauna and local places to eat. We had an amazing time and like last year I also decided to take a sketchbook with me to record our adventures. I collect postcards, maps, leaflets, stickers and take a whole bunch of photos to add to the sketchbook. Some of the sketches of Mel and Karen were done from life whilst lounging around the pool!
Unlike last year when I came home with an almost finished sketchbook , this year it seems I was having too much fun to get much sketching and painting done. It must have been something to do with trips to Santa Cruz in a Mustang convertible, walking through Redwood forests in Big Basin or biking around Stevens Creek nature reserve!
When I completed last year's summer sketchbook I made two colour copies and gifted them to Karen and Mel at Christmas - they are kind of expecting the same again this year so at least I have until December 2017 to get it completed!
This is the equipment I take with me for holiday sketching and painting which all fits into my San Francisco pencil case (of course).
|A few pencils, fine-liners and Daler Rowney Acrylic paint markers which have pretty great coverage and bold colour.|
|The Derwent fillable paintbrushes are great if you can't get easy access to water for painting on the go. The Cretacolor watercolour pencils are also very useful for working outside - you can always add water later on in the day for washes.|
|I have had this mini Windsor and Newton watercolour set for a while now and I love it. You can change the watercolour pans which I often swap with a larger watercolour set I have. Great to mix / match the palette you need for different places.|