Selections From My England & Romania Sketchbook

With my sketchbook at Stonehenge
With my sketchbook at Stonehenge

I’m back from our three week trip to England and Romania, a success on all counts! It was lovely to be in England in May, my first trip there in eleven years. Not much had changed…the countryside was still beautiful, the beer was excellent and I was able to get a nice selection of flower garden seeds at a big Garden Centre. I loved seeing Stonehenge again and we finally got to really explore Avebury, which we’d only had time to drive through on a previous trip.

Here’s a album of sketches, plus a couple of watercolors I did (Sakura Micron .01 pen on paper): 1

 

At Heathrow waiting for the rental car
In San Francisco waiting to board and then at Heathrow waiting to get the rental car. It’s fun sometimes to just find something to sketch right where one is.
New Forest Ponies
New Forest Ponies
Stockbridge, Hampshire
Stockbridge, Hampshire
Stonehenge
Stonehenge
Stonehenge
Stonehenge
Stonehnge
Stonehenge
Sheep grazing near Stonehenge
Sheep grazing near Stonehenge
Stonehenge
Stonehenge
Stonehenge
Stonehenge
Avebury
Avebury
Avebury
Avebury
Bourton-on-the-Water
Bourton-on-the-Water

And on to Romania, a country that I had never been to before. I did a little research and ended up booking a tour to the Carpathian Mountains of Transylvania in hopes of experiencing the largest surviving areas of the ancient forests that used to cover Europe and seeing European brown bear, of which there are close to 5000 in Romania, the largest population of any country in Europe. I succeeded on both counts and and all that and more will be the subject of a couple of upcoming blog posts.

View from the restaurant patio where I and my driver/guide had lunch en route
View from the restaurant patio where I and my driver/guide had lunch en route
Scenery near a monastery that we hiked up to. In the foreground is a haystack
Scenery near a monastery that we hiked up to. In the foreground is a haystack
The third day we went on an eight hour hike high up into the mountains to what is called The Alpine Hut, which is where I did this sketch
The second day we went on an eight hour hike high up into the mountains to what is called The Alpine Hut, which is where I did this sketch. And had a well-earned beer.
Another view from The Alpine Hut
Another view from The Alpine Hut, which was between two ridgelines in the sub-alpine zone

After a week in Romania, we went back to London for three days, catching the “Sargent and Friends” exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery on the last day. We also spent time just hanging out at Trafalgar Square, where I did these sketches.

The spire of St. Martins-in-the-Fields
The spire of St. Martins-in-the-Fields
Sir Edward Landseer's lions at the base of the Nelson Column, Trafalgar Square
Sir Edward Landseer’s lions at the base of the Nelson Column, Trafalgar Square
Quick copy of a dog in a painting by Murillo; people at Trafalgar Square
Quick copy of a dog in a painting by Murillo; people at Trafalgar Square
The Egg and the Dome of St. Peter's from the window of our Airbnb apartment in Soho
Way in the distance we could see the Egg and the dome of St. Paulr’s from the window of our Airbnb apartment in Soho, which had the most amazing view of the city

On our last day, we spent the afternoon at St. James Park, which had great birdwatching and many very old trees. I got out my watercolors, finally, and did a couple of small paintings.

Ancient oak tree, St. James Park
Ancient oak tree, St. James Park
Pencil sketches of birds
Pencil sketches of birds
Pencil sketches of birds
Pencil sketches of birds
Pencil sketches of birds
Pencil sketches of birds
A view of the London Eye from St. James Park
A view of the London Eye from St. James Park
London skyline from the apartment
London skyline from the apartment

 

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