Thursday, 21 November 2013

Tea time in France

It was cool and damp for most of my trip, but I did manage to find the occasional coffee house with a view.  Sketching inevitably amuses the waiters, particularly when caught so absorbed that I was dipping my brush in my tea, instead of my water.  That's a really bad idea as there are some nasty things in watercolour pigments, so I ordered a fresh pot of tea.

I could do the same thing here at home, but when in a different place all I can see are potential compositions.  It's attitude as much as observation and the challenge is to see the familiar with fresh eyes.


  1. It's great to see your sketches again John. I hope you sold the book idea while you were there!

  2. Thanks Shari. The book fair was fantastic and I learned something with every conversation. I have some leads for publishers but the real benefit was a renewal of enthusiasm.