Sunday, 10 July 2011

Have sketchbook, will travel.

I often feel self-conscious and a little awkward when drawing and painting out of doors but absolutely love the opportunity. It's always a bit odd when people sidle up and peer over my shoulder but that has to be accepted as part of the whole thing. Outside of the studio there is nowhere to hide!
Conspicuous? Me? Surely not.

Looking across the Bosphorus to the Galata Tower in Istanbul, Turkey.

Another view of Istanbul painted in situ.

A run-down backstreet with derelict buildings in Istanbul.

Another street scene in Istanbul.

Sketching on the Bosphorus, Istanbul

A light snack and animated conversation about the nature of life and art with a Turkish gentleman. I speak no Turkish and he spoke no English but that didn't seem to get in the way much.

 This was painted in fading light on the southern coast of Turkey (near Fethiye).

Ancient Roman ruins on the Turkish coastline (painted from the deck of a boat).

These sketches were done standing on Main Street, Montpelier, Vermont USA.

A quick sketch of a house in Transylvania. Speed is of the essence when you're in vampire country.

sketched on the beach under chalk cliffs in Dorset, UK.

Painted at Stair Hole, near Lulworth Cove on the Dorset coast. 

The view from a bed and breakfast window in Lyme Regis, Dorset.

Painted in the New Forest, Hampshire, UK.

Glastonbury Tor in Somerset, UK.

Sketches of fishing boats on the beach at Hastings, UK.

Much closer to home (for me): a quick scribble-sketch in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, UK.

A rowing boat on the beach at Leigh-on-Sea.

Looking across the Thames Estuary from Leigh Marshes.

Painting at Leigh Marshes. Cool socks eh?

Many thanks to my lovely wife, Louisa, for her photographs of 'the artist in situ'!

All images copyright Manfred Hennessy. 
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