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Travel Sketches: Flowers and Doodles

30 May 2019

Travel Sketches: Flowers and Doodles

by Mariana

A few more travel flower sketches from my last trip to Malaysia. Admittedly most of them are floral doodles rather than realistic interpretations, but they were, still, influenced by the heat and colour surrounding me. The cooler purply-blues in the sketch below have a richness that reflects the deep tones of restful shade beneath and between leafy pools of scorchingly green and jewel-toned hues.

Blue Flower Doodles by Mariana: Floating Lemons Art

Blue Flower Doodles by Mariana: Floating Lemons Art

Red Flower Doodles by Mariana: Floating Lemons Art

Red Flower Doodles by Mariana: Floating Lemons Art

There was a tree in my dad’s garden that was covered in beautiful orange flowers that popped out from the greeny leaves around them, so I had to give that a go … it’s not the greatest effort but I’m pleased with the colours and slightly messy feel … I discovered later on, thanks to sleuthing facebook friends, that it’s a Bauhinia kockiana — so pretty!

Bauhinia kockiana by Mariana: Floating Lemons Art

Bauhinia kockiana by Mariana: Floating Lemons Art

Orange Flower Doodles by Mariana: Floating Lemons Art

Orange Flower Doodles by Mariana: Floating Lemons Art


It’s all slightly messy really, all these impulse sketches, but also joyful and comforting. I am at least getting used to digging the paints and brushes out, and I’m finding that the act of painting helps ease the exhaustion from travelling. I’m back in the UK now and discovering new things emerging in my sketchbook, perhaps indicative of the fact that I’m going (still!) in completely new directions in life and work as well. As far as I’m concerned it’s wonderful and magical, all of it. Wishing all of you a wonderful day. Cheers.


SUPPLIES I USED

  • ARTEZA 3.5x5.5” Watercolour Book: UK and USA

  • Da Vinci 5382-1573 Series Travel Brush Case Set: UK and USA

  • Daler Rowney Aquafine Travel Tin (Pack of 24): UK and USA

  • Khadi : White Rag Paper 150gsm : Medium : 11x15cm: UK and USA