St Peters in Rome was the order of the day.
No pencil drawing either I might say
Straight in with a waterproof 04 Micron pen
Start with the focal point, big question when?
Making that first mark is always tricky
Often making you feel quite panicky
He started to draw with no hesitation
Also giving us very useful information.
Like drawing upside down when doing a dome
I will remember that when I’m next in Rome!
Soon this busy scene began to grow
Buildings, bridge, arches and trees began to show.
Next came watercolour with a brush number ten
By now he had dispensed with the pen
Keeping it simple were his words of wisdom
So far I think it all looks just awesome.
On wet paper for the sky he used cobalt blue
For the clouds he used a dry tissue
Burnt sienna and ultramarine for grey is the way to go
Good colour mixing and a good result will show.
I loved his tale about his days as a “wild card”
In those conditions it must be really hard
On Landscape Artist in Wales and Kent no less
An opportunity and experience not to miss I guess.
The final result was an amazing feat
From a blank sheet of paper,hard to beat
I definitely give him ten out of ten
For being brave enough to go straight in with the pen.
To say the least we all learnt a lot that day
My sketchbook will have colour now anyway
Those watercolour pencils hiding at the back of the drawer
Will get a new lease of life for now I am sure.