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1st of March – travelling by train and urban sketching

March 1st, 2011 at 22:43


I used to live in Dun Laoghaire, a beautiful town by the sea and I have an old watercolour i painted then, I thought I could share it here today.
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boats in Dun Laohaire Harbour – watercolour (sorry, slightly out of focus…)

Yesterday I took a trip up to Dun Laoghaire by train. There is only a few trains a day that connect our little town with the big smoke, Dublin, and Dun Laoghaire is a stop on that same line. I had a 5 minute wait before the train was due to arrive at our station so I pulled out my sketch pad (block of blank postcards) and sketched with a black pen. Once on the train I coloured my sketch in with watercolours.
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Guaire- luan 8:56 a.m.
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After I was finished with this one I tried capturing some of the people on the train just with watercolours… I’m not very pleased with these, but I have to start somewhere…practicing…
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In the afternoon coming home on the train I had the funniest experience. I tried myself at paint sketching on my way back, too. And soon after I had started, a guy sitting across the aisle from me pulled out a paperpad and pen and started sketching me! I really had to laugh. He got off about 20 min later and we never exchanged a word or a glimpse of what either of us was working on. We just smiled and said goodbye.
Here a photo of what i was working on:
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young woman sleeping on train

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2 Responses to “1st of March – travelling by train and urban sketching”

  1. Angie Says:

    I am in love–IN LOVE–with your urban sketching. I need to try some of this. Maybe it is the passion I am looking for in my work. I recently purchased a Holbein travel watercolor kit. It was kind of a bit expensive, but I wanted it for…something. Maybe urban sketching. How did you get started doing this? Did you just go for it one day?

  2. Amy Says:

    Awesome! The last one is my favorite!

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