Yesterday I got back from a lovely holiday in Scotland. We stayed about an hour away from Edinburgh and I loved exploring new places! The site we stayed at was literally on the beach, which meant I went there every single day during the whole week. Now if any of you know me well enough, you will be aware of the fact that I would probably take a sketchbook along with me, because imagine an entire week with out drawing, (I know impossible)! So of course I took a sketchbook with me and not one, but two pencil cases!
When we set off along the road, my sketchbook quickly made an appearance. As I have never suffered from travel sickness, I have always loved to draw whilst on journeys. I decided to draw some cars and a caravan making their way to their holiday destinations (well that’s what I can presume). You will also have to excuse all of the wobbly lines in this sketch, because it’s quite hard to draw in a moving car.
As I have already mentioned, I went to the beach at least once a day. We were extremely lucky with the weather, baring in mind that it’s Scotland after all! A few times I took my art essentials with me and enjoyed painting away on the sand. In the North Sea, I did dip my feet in to go paddling on a few occasions, but it was freezing, turning my toes purple, which always happens when they feel the cold!
Here is one of the sketches I drew at the beach, two mermaids (if you include the panda mermaid). Sketching on the beach was basically a constant battle between me and the sand on windier days. When there was a big gust of wind, little sand grains would blow over everything. In fact I still have sand stuck into some of my watercolour half pans now! When the sand blew over the picture I was working on, it just loved to stick to the wet paint, so that was definitely a challenge!
On Tuesday, we went to Edinburgh Zoo and this zoo is home to the UK’s only giant pandas! As you may of guessed, I am obsessed with pandas and before Tuesday, I had never seen one with my very own eyes. When we arrived at the panda enclosure, the panda who was in the outside part of their enclosure was fast asleep with only a part of his face showing. After waiting a bit longer, he eventually turned his head and looked at all of us and then decided to go back to sleep with his back to us all! I took lots of pictures (of course) and decided to recreate one of the pictures when he was looking at us in my sketchbook. We were extremely lucky to see him.
When we weren’t meeting pandas or on the beach, we enjoyed exploring the local area around us. Here is a picture that I took at St Abbs of the harbour. I took quite a lot of photos during the week and I plan to maybe do some acrylic paintings based off some of my favourite holiday photos when I get the chance.
One day for lunch we had a BBQ outside in the sun! Whilst my very hungry stomach dreamt about all of the tasty food it was soon to be filled with, I sketched the food with lots of colour.
The week quickly came to a close and we were soon on our way back home to Lancashire. During the car journey, I doodled me and my sisters, and Natasha’s cuddly toys (which made the situation even more squished)! I hope you enjoyed a brief peek into my holiday sketchbook, because I certainly enjoyed drawing them. Over the coming years, it will be great to look back at the drawings I did whilst I was away on this holiday, because it takes you back to where you created the drawing.