Sketching at Cullen & Gardenstown (On the North Sea Coast Part 3)

Boats and architecture are not something I sketch. All that perspective and stuff … which I can do it if I spend a lot of time but for me that’s not a recipe for relaxed drawing at the seaside. But I so want to pull the ideas that include these subjects out of my head and onto paper, and sketching would be the starting point. So I didn’t bother trying to get it right, but focused instead on enjoying the patterns of walls, roofs, chimneys and, at Cullen, the viaduct. I consider these as fear-conquering sketches, first steps on a journey.

The two sketchbooks I used were an A4 size with 350gsm watercolour paper from Seawhite, and A3-width Derwent panoramic with 160gsm smooth drawing paper that didn’t like rain drops at all but does has a useful elastic to hold down pages.

Photos: On the North Sea Coast (Part 1)
Sketching at Bow Fiddle Rock (On the North Sea Coast Part 2)

Photos: Walking on the Beach at Gardenstown

Walking along the beach before art class. Tide out.

Looking back at the village; arrow shows where Creative Retreat's studio is. Staying in house a little further down the slop.
Looking back at the village; arrow shows where Creative Retreat’s studio is. Staying in house a little further down the slope.

Imagine every person with a camera photographs these
Imagine every person with a camera photographs these

Patterns, circles
Patterns, circles

Reaching for the burnt umber and cadmium red...
Reaching for the burnt umber and cadmium red…

Got some great reference photos of walking a dog on a beach
Got some great reference photos of walking a dog on a beach

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Complementary colours on a white ground at Gardenstown Scotland
Complementary colours on a white ground

Detail from stream running into sea.
Detail from stream running into sea.

Photos: In Gardenstown (afternoon before art workshop)

I’m in Gardenstown on the east coast, at Creative Retreat, for a week’s figure painting workshop led by Alan McGowan, the artist whose Anatomy for Artists workshop I did in February. It’s a picturesque village on a steep hillside, a mixture of renovated, being-renovated and sea-worn. The buildings are crammed on top of one another, everything looks down onto and into everything, with numerous sets of steps inbetween.

Hard to live closer to the sea than this.
Hard to live closer to the sea than this.

Steep, cliffside vilage = Rooftops and more rooftops
Steep, cliffside vilage = Rooftops and more rooftops

Not lines of perspective
Not lines of perspective

Gardenstown 2014 web (9)

Red sandstone adding colour to the shore.
Red sandstone adding colour to the shore.

Now if only I'd had my tripod. (Lights on horizon are big ships.)
Now if only I’d had my tripod. (Lights on horizon are big ships.)

Gardenstown 2014 web (11)

Gardenstown 2014 web (10)

She sees shutters along the sea shore...
She sees shutters along the sea shore…

Shapes and textures
Shapes and textures