Doodle 05.08.16

Good morning!

I can’t believe it’s August again already! This time last year I was, come to think of it, doing exactly what I have been doing for the past week or so: field sketching. That’s right – a little over exactly a year ago I caught a rickety old bus to the North East coast of England, toting a backpack of art supplies and cereal bars, with the sole intention of capturing nature at its best. And, funnily enough, a year later I took my art backpack on another little adventure, this time to the national park in Snowdonia, to paint me some mountains and seascapes. This time I did not go alone, but was accompanied by my mother, who waited patiently for me to commit these scenes to paper, often waiting for hours as we sat cramped up between a pile of boulders and waited for layers of paint to dry. I commend her patience in this endeavour, and would like to thank her on behalf of all the flora and fauna of Gwynedd who have been enriched by her conversation (as an alternative pair of listening ears to her otherwise-absorbed-in-sketching daughter).

What follows is taken directly from my field sketchbook and encompasses the rough sketches and water colours I made on my various walks around the stunning land of Gwynedd. I’d like to hope they capture some of the essence of the coastline and woods in a way photography often cannot. I’ll let you be the judge.

Barmouth Estuary, water colours and ink. After walking around Barmouth for a bit and soaking up the seaside air, I made my way across stepping stones and rockfaces to sit on a boulder for three hours trying to capture this vista of the Barmouth bridge.

A closer view of the sketch of Barmouth Bridge.

A closer view of Barmouth

The Bay at Borth y Gest, looking over to Harlech castle. Painted whilst snuggled into a crevice halfway up a cliff, using a rockpool for water supply.

Rocks and Seawater, pen and ink.

Harlech Castle in the distance, pen and ink.

A view of Llyn Tegid (Lake Bala) from the caravan porch. Watercolour and indian ink.

Llyn Cynwch, light study in charcoal and ink wash.

Llyn Cynwch, watercolour and ink. Painted whilst balanced on a rock in a field full of sheep, listening to the strange conversations of passing ramblers.

Until the next post!

Doodle 25.04.16 (The Girl in the Boat)

The next instalment of The Girl in the Boat 🙂

Suddenly, a strange boy stepped out from the shadows. “Hello,” he said. “What are you doing in my cave? Are you lost?”

He didnt usually find people in the cave. In fact, he had flown far and wide searching for people to talk to, but the girl was the first he had met.

He had seen her boat as it sailed towards the mountains, and he had watched her climb up to his cave. The boy was very curious, he had never met anyone with a boat before. The girl had never met anyone who could fly, either.

But the girl said she was leaving, she had many places to go to in her boat.

“In that case, I will come with you,” said the boy.

So the girl cast off once again, and the boy flew in the sky behind her.

Doodle 03.02.16

The continued adventures of the girl in the boat.


“After sailing for many days, the girl found herself in the still waters of a blue lagoon.”


“She tied the little boat to a rock and climbed ashore.”


“She climbed up the cliffs that reached very high.”


“At last she came to a cave, with rows of stalagtites like teeth.”


“The girl had the peculiar feeling that she was being followed.”


“Then she saw something hiding in the gloom.”


Should be some more next week 😛

Doodle 23.07.15

view over bala lake

I’ve been out in the wild sketching scenery again! This is the view from the hill above Llyn Tegid, the lake in Bala, North Wales. I used goache, pastels, and watercolour, and a lot of slapdash painting.

view over bala lake uncropped

Doodle 13.05.15

There are no inky dinosaurs or cats today. I am practicing with the oil paints!

This is a picture my sister took of Llyn Cynwch.

Llyn Cynwch

And this is how I “doodled” it.


First, a sketchy viewfinder….


Then a watercolour wash…


This is a bit of watercolour, ink, pastel, and felt tip pen.


And finally I broke open the oils! This lake has been well and truly doodled upon.