15 Mar 2013

Beyond Devon....





It has been a great week.  Firstly with a visit to an area where my husb. was brought up in his early years....we actually found the house he had lived in.  Plus I got to sketch and paint throughout our trip.  We stayed in two different locations (Hotels were lovely) and to top it all we got to meet and visit with relatives, which was wonderful.

All started with a long drive over to Bedford.  One day we took a drive around Woburn Park,
 here's the streetview of a small portion of the park you get to drive through.  The main house not yet open to the public, but here is a glimpse of it, thanks to streetview again!

My sketchbook was kept busy throughout the week...





Vases - sketched during some 'down time' at the hotel


even part of a wallpaper pattern got a sketch!



We visited Cambridge which was interesting, lots of tourists (including us) and I took some photos, of course...






My one sketch there was brief as it was SO COLD, brrr.... I couldn't hold the pencil and hence coloured this in later...




and came across this rather bizarre modern memorial...very modern against the old buildings..

Read up on it later and it all made sense...


  Another town and more sketching - Watching people scurrying about, they all looked in such a hurry and Cold,  getting their shopping done and back to somewhere warm!
As I tend to avoid sketching people, this proved a useful exercise .... how will I get
better at sketching them unless I give it a go!




metal statue against the natural wood of a tree - set each other off
(here's the streetview of it)



in such cold weather finding a random palm tree seemed a bit
unusual, but it was obviously very happy with masses of ivy climbing up it


and this is where I will love you and leave you for today my friends
whilst I Link to
with many thanks to EVA & Kristin for hosting


and trust you will all have a great weekend


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48 comments:

  1. Some fine sketching there Ann and great read of the jelly bean type statue thingy

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  2. I love posts of your wanderings with your sketchbook. It is freezing so not sure how you managed sketching in Cambridge. Great place with views around every corner nearly. Thanks for the inspiration with your gorgeous sketches.

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  3. Hi Ann your little drawings are delightful and they will always remind you those days when you went exploring.
    Xx

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  4. Wow! What a fun trip and delightful sketches and photography ~ Enjoy ^_^

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  5. what a great post-full of gorgeous sketchings and photos!!! I love European architecture-the museums, schools, buildings behold some of the most beautiful visuals I have ever seen.Thanks for sharing.Happy PPF!

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  6. Thanks guys -

    Paul
    Laura
    Sue
    Carol
    Linda

    I really appreciate that you bothered to stop by and leave a comment. Glad you enjoyed seeing this post :)

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  7. Great trip and great sketches too. We loved the wonky lamp. Have a fabulous Friday.
    Best wishes Molly

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  8. Lovely sketches and pictures. I'd like to visit this place too ;-)

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  9. A great bunch of paintings to remember such a wonderful trip. I enjoyed them all, and especially the lamp. Great way to record your reunion with family.

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  10. Wonderful, wonderful colorful sketches!
    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  11. Many THANKS

    Molly
    Dana
    Faye
    Mary

    Nice of you all to pop by.

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  12. Ann, your spontaneous sketches were one of the first things I saw on your blog and these are every bit as inspiring as those back then. I love the way you jounalise your trips in this way. Great stuff!!!

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    1. Thanks very much John. These sketchbook/journals are nice to look back on and totally remind me of our trips, whereas photos don't seem to do that.

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  13. You took us on a lovely tour, and your sketches are all so pretty and telling us a story . Love the green vases and the lamp with the wire !

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  14. For this armchair traveler, your trip was a tonic! I feel as if I have walked with you through Cambridge. The memorial to Snowy Fair and the link to his life was of great interest to this cat lover. Thanks so much for the closeup of your trip and as always, hugs to William.

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  15. terrific sketches, and gorgeous photos of Cambridge! you are to be commended for drawing on-the-spot...no substitute for that, and it isn't easy, but you do it so well!

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  16. Lots of lovely sketchings here. Sounds as if you had a great time out.
    Happy PPF, Annette x
    http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

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  17. Many Thanks

    Jane
    Marilyn
    Dianne

    So good to get this feedback from you. I try to set my posts out with a mixture of knowledge about the places we go and whimsy paintings/sketches too, so it is really good to read that they are enjoyed :)

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  18. lovely art and photos, going to read up on that bizarre memorial there!

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  19. Oh, I think your sketches are lovely! I especially love the page with all of the figures :) Sounds like a perfect getaway too :) xo!

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  20. Looks like a fun trip. I was trying to see where you came from on the map but I cant remember where you live. Love that map that enlarges and turns. Fun to see what you drew from too. Nice to be able to keep a record in your sketch book of what you saw.. Am reading Danny Gregory's new book on journaling while traveling and everyone says it makes you see things more doing this and remember them better too.. I had to wait to read everything before I could comment. I am wiped out from painting a chicken coop today...:)HPPF

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    1. Hi Cris, we live in the county of Devon in the South West, so for us it was a long journey. Danny Gregory is right when he says you remember places better when you sketch them, it does make you 'look' at things more.

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  21. Wonderful sketches! Your picture of the memorial is much better than the one in the article. I get the hat, cat and mice but I don’t understand the other items. Interesting gentleman who obviously had a good heart.

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    1. Hi Robin, the other items are Jelly Beans (small sweets), I guess Snowy Farr liked them.

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  22. Thanks so much

    Christine
    Kristin
    Cris
    Maria
    Robin

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  23. Your sketchblock looks great! I really love sketches. They have more freshness than any other painting technique.
    Your photos are also adorable!

    Have a nice day!

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    1. Thanks Kaja, I know what you mean, sketches are fun to do too :)

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  24. Really nice, loose sketches! Love how you added a bit of color in them! <3

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  25. Wow loads of great work here!! Fabulous sketches!!
    Looks like a wonderful time!! So much beauty here!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  26. Wonderful sketches of a great trip, Ann! I enjoyed the tour very much. What an amazing man, this Snowy Farr, and I loved to read the background story behind the statue.

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  27. Love your sketches...all of them. I've seen you do people before and think you're quite gifted at that too! And the photos are inspiring!

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    1. Thanks annie! I find sketching 'moving people' difficult, I have to take a quick look at them and then look at my sketchpad trying to 'remember' what I have just seen. Of course, when I look up again they have either moved or disappeared completely! lol.

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  28. I visited Cambridge many years ago. Love your photos and sketches!

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  29. Thanks

    Judy - glad you enjoyed reading about Snowy Farr :)

    Hi alarmcat - hope this post brought back good memories for you :)

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  30. I did enjoy my trip with you, yes, keep drawing peeps, they are terrific, the Cambridge photos are wonderful designs...love the lamp too! How far are you from London?

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    1. Thanks Lynn, glad you enjoyed the photos and drawings. For this trip we stayed about 50 miles from London, but from home we are about 230 miles away.

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  31. Very nice sketching! I especially like the architecture and the figure work :)

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  32. great work ann ... good to see so many sketches ...must have been an inspiring trip...postcard format above is a good format to work with .

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  33. Fabulous sketches Ann. I love Cambridge and have been there many times, such wonderful architecture!

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  34. I love that you add such minimal paint to your sketches! Really brings them to life! Beautiful work!

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  35. Thanks Sandra - it's nice to have done a post where someone knows what the place is like too :)

    Thanks Adrienne :)

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  36. I love your sketches. Each one is so unique, varied and wonderful. Thank you for sharing this wonderful trip. Blessings, Janet PPF

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    1. Thanks Janet, glad you enjoyed seeing the sketches from our trip away :)

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