Sketching through my life, my passions, and my adventures
Author: Cheryl Wright
I've had several heart-dancing passions in my life - interior decorating and writing. Each allowed me to build a distinct career, which in turn, inspired and fuelled the other. In 2014, I uncovered a new passion for art (sketching with pen and ink and watercolour). Surprisingly, and maybe not, my new passion allows me to nurture my old passions. Now is that cool or what?
When a striking view or item eludes me, I can always count on something in my home (on a tabletop, countertop, shelf or in a corner, …) to scratch my sketching itch. Sometimes, an old pencil drawing is all the salve I need – I just add watercolour and, “Aaaahhh…”.
We haven’t been on a vacation in a while, a loooooong while. so it was high time that we jetted off, even if only for a few days.
It was oh so refreshing, relaxing and downright enjoyable – four nights and three days at Turtle Beach Resort in Tobago. The sound of crashing waves all day and all night was intoxicating and the buffet meals – well, let’s just say that I miss them – the presentation, breathtaking array of water-watering choices. Everything looked delicious and tasted even better. Yum Yum!
I spent most of my time laying around, just relaxing, but I packed some art supplies and below are some of my vacay sketches:
A severely tarnished miniature brass teapot my mother gave me about 20 years before she died. She believed that handing it to me herself while she was still alive would have more meaning.
It’s not the first time I’ve sketched this teapot but it’s the first time with watercolours. Revisiting this sentimental treasure not only stirs precious memories. It also proves that my daily sketching practice is yielding fruit – I was able to capture the highlights on the right side.
Looser sketches – It’s an ongoing challenge and a work-in-progress because the tendency to try to control watercolour is real, strong, and natural. However, every now and then, I get the urge to throw control to the wind and put watercolour to paper in a loose manner with no pencil or pen/ink lines to guide or constrain me.
Mother’s Day gifts from my three grandchildren – because Granny always needs chocolate, a new coffee mug and art supplies. Sketched with Platinum Carbon Desk fountain pen and Daniel Smith watercolours in Stillman and Birn Alpha sketchbook.