A Portugal Sketchbook

So this year for our family holiday we went back to Portugal. We’ve been many times before and I love it so much- very happy memories. We went to the Algarve in the south for a week and stayed in a hotel on the cliffs above a lovely beach. We normally do sightseeing and exploring and things while we’re away but this year we just wanted to stop and relax (which meant I had plenty of time for drawing and sketching, yay!)

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I took my watercolours, some pens, pencils and tape with me and I spent many an afternoon on a sun lounger, just me and my sketchbook.

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^ The sketchbook I used was one that my friend Heyse bound for me using different watercolour papers for Christmas so I was happy to finally use it. (Thanks Heyse!)

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^ Right: I drew around the shadow of a Lantana plant and I think it's quite a cool technique.
^ Right: I drew around the shadow of a Lantana plant and I think it’s quite a cool technique.

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Pinecone
IMG_8624 ^ My favourite drawing I did was from a big pine cone that we found

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^ We kept seeing these amazing birds called Hoopoes that had orange mohicans that they would put up just as they landed

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^Left: I drew around the shadow of a cool plant but it kind of just turned out looking like seaweed. Right: I GOT A WHITE PEN AND I LOVE IT!
^Left: I drew around the shadow of a cool plant but it kind of just turned out looking like seaweed. Right: I GOT A WHITE PEN AND I LOVE IT!

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^ I painted this Hibiscus flower in watercolour from a photo after we got back and I'm really pleased with it.
^ I painted this Hibiscus flower in watercolour from a photo after we got back and I’m really pleased with it.

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I had a wonderful time in Portugal and can’t wait to go back. I really enjoyed doing this little sketchbook and I think it will really bring back the holiday when I look back at it later.

R

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6 thoughts on “A Portugal Sketchbook

  1. these are so pretty and satisfying to look at!! like they’re simple and complex and the same time, and it gives me little happy tingles. your blog inspired me to try water colors again (i have a pack from ages ago that i never touched), so i’ve been practicing a little bit thanks to you(: i’m not nearly as good though. i’m still working out the right balance of water and paint haha

    http://helllokuo.blogspot.com/

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  2. Thank you! I’d just recommend taking your sketchbook with you everywhere, you never know when you’ll have five minutes free. Also, I just really wanted to do a sketchbook while I was away, and I think if you really want to, you’ll find time 🙂

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