Category Archives: PM1 Sketchbooks

Sketchbook Walk in Glasgow


A wee sketchbook day in Glasgow yesterday. First stop, a new find in Glasgow’s High Street called the Blue Chair cafe- a creative space for artists and musicians which I have never visited before. Found myself a little niche in the window to enjoy a few rays of precious sunshine and a coffee. Before long, I was joined by a curious onlooker! We soon established that my father and his had grown up in the same street together- an interesting spin-off from the day!

The sketch below was made from my position on the “Blue Chair” looking out to McChuills pub across the road. The yellow guitar was my starting point. A challenge to get the interior right- struggling a bit with the perspective and colours but captured the essence of the guitar- certainly will enjoy the memory which the little sketch evokes.

The second sketch was made in fine felt pen looking towards th city from an open stretch of ground at the Gallowgait in Glasgow. It presents a difficult challenge from the perspective point of view!  Lots going on I would like to give this another go to see if I could improve on my initial efforts.


Yellow Guitar at the Blue Chair Cafe, Glasgow
Gallowgait walk, Glasgow

Copenhagen and the Fyords

Scandinavian Hols

Fun sketching outdoors on a recent trip to Copenhagen and the Norwegian Fyords.

I tried a new technique on some of the sketches where I prepared some pages with torn paper to get rid of the blank pages before the trip. This worked really well for me and really helped to deal with the nerves felt working outside. Something I will definitely use again. Often, materials sketching outside can be a bit limited if air travel is involved as its not possible to take oil paints. I usually rely on watercolour and coloured pencils but torn and cut tissue offered a very interesting way to get started!

The images below show 1. Ships at Nyhaven, 2. Copenhagen evening, 3. Skagen seen from the ship.




The selection below shows my interpretation of the Fyords from the ship using watercolour pencils and torn paper. It was interesting working with what was already down on the page. Trying to balance colour and tone was the biggest challenge.