Scratching the itch

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…”.


Old, well-used clip-on book light




Some vacay sketches

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:

The afternoon view from our room on the second floor.
A tiny view of an area in the open-air lobby
Looking towards the pool from the open-air Courland Deck, where all meals were served
The sea view we enjoyed during every meal

And a couple of food sketches.

Taking a walk on the wild side

I often read about the glorious delight and benefits of opening your palette and having all the leftover colours to play with,  but my OCD tendencies ….

Lately though, I’ve been resisting the OCD and taking a walk on the wild side. Got to admit, it’s pretty neat to open my palette to this offering of colours left over from the day before.

Martin Mijello palette with Daniel Smith watercolours

Sentimental treasures – Brass teapot revisited

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.

Lamy Safari Umber fountain pen with Noodlers #41 Brown ink and Daniel Smith watercolours in Stillman and Birn Alpha sketchbook

Going loose

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.

Yesterday was one of those days.


Silver Black Velvet #8 brush and Daniel Smith watercolours in Stillman and Birn Alpha sketchbook