Tuesday, August 28

COLTISHALL, Norwich. UK - Norfolk Broads



Saturday 25th August was the official date for the 15th Worldwide sketchcrawl and I spent it sketching through Coltishall with my dear friend Joan Sandford-Cook. Joan has recently moved to Coltishall in the Norfolk Broads and it was my first visit to see her and her new home.
I started the day with a sketch of her new lounge, open planned, looking through to her dining room, with it's raised fireplace and neutral palette.


We then headed left out of her road to Coltishall Common along the river Bure where we indulged in a latte at The Rising Sun before seating ourselves under the oak tree on the common to sketch the thatched boathouses.



Still under the oak tree I created a quick watercolour sketch of the landscape along the river, a most beautiful backdrop. I went straight in with paint in this landscape, no pencil sketch, and while it is very basic in skill I feel it captures the memory well. I shall practice this technique more.


From the same position under the oak I turned to my left to see this beautiful, historical house through the trees.



Back at The Rising Sun, we made full use of the many customers to create a few quick figure studies.



Back at Joan's we threw some cushions onto her garden furniture and 'Mmmmmmm'd' our way through a delicious bowl of local strawberries with cream. Before packing up to head home after my stay I captured a corner of the garden that has a small rockery waterfall dividing the lawn from a seated area entered through a trellis archway.

A wonderful place and a memorable trip spent in fantastic company made this my most favourite sketch crawl to date. A huge thanks to both Joan and her husband Clive for their hospitality and friendship!

12 comments:

seesue said...

Anita, you've made me green with envy reading about your great crawl. Your sketches are so wonderful. I don't think that you could have had a better experience. Landscape, architecture AND people. Perfect!

Linda T said...

What a fun time you had! I like the variety of sketches and the way you added color to your people.

Warroya said...

Anita I enjoyed all your sketches you have a wonderful use of colour. Thanks for sharing your crawl with us. It's absolutely wonderful. I especially the shadow of colour around the people.

Joan said...

Anita, It sounds like a wonderful sketch crawl to me. All of these are great. You got to do such a variety of different sketches. Thanks for sharing these.

Joan Y said...

I love your sketchcrawl drawings! It must have been a beautiful day from the looks of your sketches Anita. A day of drawing ... with a good friend. That's the best kind of day!

Anita said...

Thanx Sue, it was a great day!

Anita said...

Thankyou Linda!

Anita said...

Thankyou Warroya, being able to share my sketches here makes the all the more enjoyable to create.

Anita said...

Thank YOU Joan.

Anita said...

The weather was glorious Joan, a perfect weekend with a fantastic friend.

phthaloblu said...

Awesome sketches, Anita, and great commentary.

Anita said...

Thankyou Sherie!