Tag Archives: Valetta

Yellow And Red

20 Dec


Husb and I were sitting on an archaic bench in Valetta a few days ago so I had a scribble. Most of Malta is built from stone quarried on the island. It’s a yellowish limestone, a similar colour to the stone used to build Bath. Right at the bottom of a jumble of tall, skinny, yellow buildings and rooftop television arials stood an old British style red phonebox. I had my watercolour box with me and put a wash over the line drawing.

Drawn with Faber Castell Pitt drawing pens sizes S, F and M and Winsor & Newton watercolours into my A5 Tate Gallery sketchbook.

Big Boned Gals

19 Dec

big gals


Husb and I spent last week in Malta, a fabulous country with loads of ancient history stuff to enjoy. We visited the excellent National Museum of Archaeology in Valetta and saw these Neolithic statues, found in local ancient stone temples, about 6 thousand years old. They definitely liked the larger lady back in those days. One intriguing feature is that most of the statues were headless – they were discovered with separate heads nearby. It’s possible that the heads were meant to be interchangeable. The flamingo was stuffed and I drew it at the Natural History Museum in Rabat, a traditional old-fashioned museum that was charming.

Drawn with a Faber Castell Pitt drawing pen size S, into my A5 Tate Gallery sketchbook.

Feet And Faffing

18 Dec


Husb and I spent a week in Malta, which is why I haven’t done much blogging, because Internet access was poor and we were out walking, exploring and drawing every day.

When I am in a new place, it’s difficult to know what to draw. I don’t want to do tourist attractions, nice views and stuff like that because it’s been done before. But I can’t afford to faff around either so I try to find something that catches my eye, to get in some practice even if it’s not particularly inspirational.

I drew this in St. George’s Square in Valetta, sitting down relaxing in the heat. The chap behind the bench was cooling his feet. I scribbled them. Drawn with a Faber Castell Pitt drawing pen size F into my A5 Tate Gallery sketchbook.

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