This week I have been getting my sketching gear ready to take with me to Madeira. A Portuguese island surrounded by nothing but lots and lots of water. That little bit of information tells me that I will need lots and lots of blue pigment.
As I have no idea what I will encounter on my travels I have decided to take a selection of papers and my favourite mediums of watercolour, pen and graphite. My stool is staying at home this time which will restrict where I can sketch with my watercolours.
The last time I used my stool was for my sketch trip to the British Museum. (A few posts down. Link here ) I remember the lady door attendant jokingly said to me: “Make sure you don’t bat anyone on the head with your stool.” We both laughed. It was actually quite nice to encounter someone in that job with a sense of humour. Ironically, later I did bat someone on the head with my stool and that was ‘me’. I did it when I swung my bag onto my shoulder. My stool sticks out of my bag a little and it tapped my head as I swung my bag. I had never tapped my head in that way before with my stool. I thought of the lady attendant at that point and had a little chuckle to myself.
Landscapes and people are the subjects I want to try to concentrate on during this trip. I recently ordered Sketching People by Lynne Chapman. It talks about a number of my favourite urban sketching artists and how they sketch people with their different styles. I have only quickly scanned through the book as I have been saving it to read on my trip.