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February 11, 2013

Road Trip

After our holiday at the coast, we drove back to Johannesburg, and on the stretch from Kidds Beach to Bloemfontein where we stopped for the night, I tried to sketch some of the scenes from little towns that we passed through. Very hard! Picking a subject from a distance away, staring at it with pencil hovering, no sooner did I look down to start drawing than it was gone and behind me. I quickly gave up trying to put colour on with Inktense crayons, except here and there where it made a strong impression - red, pink and orange seem to be popular choices in rural areas! There were a lot of old people walking, and when we got to the towns, standing in long queues. We eventually worked out it must have been pension payout day.
The last, slow sketch of the day at our B&B in Bloemfontein - living up to its names, Flower Fountain and 'the Rose City'. After that was highway all the way and I gave my eyes and nerves a rest!


Desiree said...

Gosh I love your work, I am your biggest fan.

Cathy Gatland said...

Hi Desiree - thanks so much!;-)

Isabel said...

wonderful pencil sketches specially the first four so full of character, love them

Veronica Lawlor said...

Really nice, Cathy, I love seeing these.