30 May 2019
Travel Sketches: Flowers and Doodles
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.
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!
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.