Bath And Beyond

7 Apr

07 bradford onavonAnother lovely day so we headed East over the border into England to visit friends and stopped awhile in Bradford-on-Avon,  a bit beyond Bath. We’d often driven through and wanted to stop, because it’s ridiculously picturesque, so today we finally took a walk around. It’s very old and the buildings cling to the steep sides of the river valley, some of them going back to the seventeenth century. We had a traditional Sunday roast in a local pub and while we waited I sketched through the ancient window. It took about ten minutes using Faber Castell Pitt drawing pens, sizes M and B, onto a piece of mountboard, prepared with a white gesso ground with a random ink wash sponged over. Then a few white highlights added with conte crayon.

8 Responses to “Bath And Beyond”

  1. anna warren portfolio April 9, 2013 at 01:07 #

    Love the textures, they add to the sense of history in these buildings. Such a good idea to prepare random surfaces!

    • Rosie Scribblah April 9, 2013 at 13:24 #

      Thanks. I like working on scruffed-up surfaces. I hate the tyrrany of white.

  2. Lois April 7, 2013 at 23:48 #

    Thanks for reminding me about Bradford-upon-Avon… ages since I’ve been there. I’m hopeless at drawing so I’ll take some photos instead – love your sketch, as usual!

  3. Jess April 7, 2013 at 23:09 #

    Really like this drawing. Looks great!

  4. Sketchy on the Detail April 7, 2013 at 23:01 #

    I love Pitt Artist Pens (I have about 15 of them in various colours and thicknesses) and I love your drawing but what I really want to know is how big is your handbag? I thought mine was big to fit my huge sketchbook/pen collection but if you are carrying around bits of gessoed board “just in case” your bag must be enormous! 🙂

    • Rosie Scribblah April 7, 2013 at 23:42 #

      haha I have an ‘artist’s bag’ that I found in a cut-price book and arts shop, The Works a couple of years ago. It has different compartments and can carry paper and boards up to A2 size, along with a nice tube for rolled-up paper. Otherwise I carry an A5 sketchbook in my handbag.

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