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The now traditional holiday sketch diary, although this year it’s more diary than sketches.  For previous holiday sketch diaries see:  Summer Holiday 2010, Sunday Sketchblog #117, Sunday Sketchblog #137, Sunday Sketchblog #138, Sunday Sketchblog #144, and Sunday Sketchblog #151.

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Today we arrived back in London after our annual jaunt to Scotland. Here are the postcards I painted in Orkney, plus one special one from Yorkshire.


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I got back from my summer holiday a week ago, and as is now traditional I’d like to share my holiday sketch diary.  For previous holiday sketch diaries see:  Summer Holiday 2010, Sunday Sketchblog #117, Sunday Sketchblog #137, Sunday Sketchblog #138, and Sunday Sketchblog #144.

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You will probably remember that in 2014 there was a stunning installation of ceramic poppies at the Tower of London, and that most of the poppies were sold to raise money for charity.  What a lot of people don’t know is that part of the installation is now on tour across the UK, and the first stop for the Weeping Window is St Magnus Cathedral in Orkney.  Click here to visit the official website for more information.

I loved the original installation, it was absolutely breathtaking, and we bought one of the poppies to display in our home.  I’m quite gutted that I won’t get a chance to see the Weeping Window in Orkney (doesn’t tie in with our holiday dates, sadly) but felt moved to create a watercolour and embroidery piece.  Watercolour background, and the poppies have been added with embroidery.  They’re rendered in hundreds of French knots, which spill out onto the mount in the frame.  It came out perfectly, and I’m very proud of it. You can see some work in progress photos below.

This piece has already been reserved, but please contact me if you’re interested in commissioning something similar.

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Last weekend I went up to Inverness for a little holiday, and as is now my custom I kept a sketch diary.  Enjoy!  For previous Scottish holidays see Summer Holiday 2010, Sunday Sketchblog #117, Sunday Sketchblog #137, and Sunday Sketchblog #138.

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It’s that time of year again, summer holiday sketchbook!

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Due back from my holiday today so I think it’s a good time to show the postcards I sent while I was in Orkney. All quite simple scenes from my trip, drawn in ink and then filled in with watercolour.

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