Thursday, 14 August 2014
I did this sketch of the abbey ruins in Glastonbury. Unfortunately, I made a bit of a hash of the windows of Abbey House in the background, but I was quite pleased with it overall. Since my Trafalgar Square sketch I'd gotten into the habit of sketching directly in ink with no preliminary pencil drawings. This probably came about due to having short snatches of time in which to do my sketches. This particular sketch was the first I'd done while standing up. It had been raining up until this point and when the sun came out I made my move, but the grass was too wet to sit on. I was surprised how easy it was get comfortable while standing. I simply didn't get time to paint my sketches, and days later when I did get time, I felt reluctant to tamper with them.
Glastonbury was our last port of call and it is where we attended a spiritual retreat at Abbey House (the gorgeous house you can see in the background in the above photo and close up in the one below). The retreat was facilitated by the very profound and very entertaining Tim Freke. We had a wonderful time and met amazing people- all in an otherworldly beautiful setting.
This is the view from the backyard of Abbey House, as guests we had access to the ruins.
Glastonbury itself is a very pretty town of which my pictures don't do enough justice. It is a very alternative town which makes it extra interesting.
One of the several fabled ancient thorn trees(above). Lush environs of Chalice Well (below).
One of the common rooms at Abbey House above and below are two sketches I did - again with no preliminary pencil work. My two lovely subjects, Denise and Christine are much lovelier in the flesh than my unflattering scribbles show, but they were generous in their praise nonetheless!
After all this excitement it was back to Heathrow and the next day we flew off in our torture chamber (aka plane) arriving home over twenty hours later. I hope someone will invent a teleporter between now and my next long haul trip.
Now I am in the process of readjusting to normal life again!