After a sleepless night in the airport hotel in Toronto I was desperately in need of a coffee and some breakfast. I chose where to sit so I could sketch these peculiar light trees (the only way I can think of describing them) – they are like huge fluorescent tubes in vague tree shapes. I’m sure I’ve sat here before on my way to TCI but the decor and fancy lighting in this airport seems to change each time I am there.
First page in a newly made sketchbook. This time I am testing out “Paint-on multi-techniques 250g/m2” paper made by Claire Fontaine. The guy at the shop where I bought this (Denny Bros in Bury St. Edmunds…favourite shop) explained that watercolour paper is sized more carefully and thoroughly than cheaper multipurpose paper. That means you can work the surface more without pilling. I opted for the cheaper paper – because I wanted a smooth surface and a weight of 250 so I can make it/fold it into a sketchbook (other hot press paper only seems to come in 300gms – more like card than paper!). Anyway lets see how it works. This sketch is of the departure area in the airport (terminal 1) in Manila – as always super crowded and not enough seats. In this terminal you end up having your bags checked by security 3 times…phew!
Sometimes in the evening I am too tired to think of anything to draw, so I just sketch what is in front of me. As I had been cleaning up my sketching kit (getting ready for some travel) and was also repairing a belt, I just drew those things on the table.
I’ve been a bit delayed in posting because I am travelling again, but here is one of my last sketches done in the Philippines. I love guyabano (that is the Philippines name, elsewhere it’s called a soursop) but they don’t look very attractive. The flesh is delicious and juicy when they are ripe. People in the Philippines also believe the leaves and bark are a natural ‘cancer killer’!
After our little hike last Sunday we stopped for a coffee on the way home. This little cafe (called Park, Rest and Dine) has real character and lots of quirky decor… including what seems to be an indoor banana plant!
Last Sunday we went for a short hike in Tanay at the Fresno Agro-Forestry and Eco-tourist campsite. At the end of the hike we ended up at a place called Lion House Falls and I had a moment to do a super-quick sketch. There are some beautiful waterfalls in the Philippines, but any that are accessible are usually very crowded on a weekend. At this one loads of people were bathing in the upper pools and some ladies were perching on the edge of the waterfall for someone to take a photo of them.
Here is a sketch done at the end of the day after sorting out the laundry. In amongst all the sheets and towels I found a solitary t-shirt my daughter had meant to take back to the UK with her…oops!