I’ll be keeping this mercifully short for a number of reasons. First off, we’re so remotely situated that there’s no WiFi or phone signal for quite a few miles so I’m having to go for a drive just to send this! On the plus side, we do however have a most idyllic camping pitch, deep in a forest:
It’s really is wonderful. We have field mice visit us each evening, can hear owls at night, woodpeckers during the day, witness lizards basking in the sunlight and the other night we had a snake within a couple of metres of the tent. All of this was capped when I awoke this morning to find a Salamander inside the tent having a little snoop around!
The main reason that this post will be so short, however, is that I have so little to share. In a fine illustration of ‘sod’s law’ as soon as we got settled I was knocked sideways with a bug of some sort. I was left totally tent-bound feeling terribly listless and lethargic.
When I did try to paint, I found that even my sketchbooks were conspiring against me! Can you see the dark speckles on these images below?
It almost looks like dry-brush strokes but it’s a fault in the way the paper behaves – especially when very wet.
The paper in these sketchbooks is made from wood pulp rather than cotton, which makes them cheaper to make and cheaper to buy – but in this instance, my penny pinching has proven to be a false economy. I’ll think I’ll be looking for a different range of sketchbooks on my return!
The upshot is that I’ve done precious little watercolour painting of any sort. In fact, my favourite painting of the holiday so far has come from my daughter:
It’s almost as if the dark and moody skies as we sailed from Newhaven where a premonition of what watercolour experiences lay ahead of me!
I think it’s fair to say that I’ve done much more watercolour thinking than I have watercolour painting since my last post, and I have one particular idea in mind that I’m keen to pursue on my return. (He said in what he hoped maybe an enigmatic fashion, but is probably just plain old vague!)
In the meantime, I’m starting to feel a little better now so hope that things will pick up — in almost every respect — during the remainder of the vacation!