gannets – bass rock

gannets - bass rock - ink pen & gouache -  38 x 56 cms

5600 – gannets – bass rock – ink pen & gouache – 38 x 56 cms

Back from 3 weeks in Scotland. First the ‘John Busby seabird drawing course’, the 25th year it has run and the first one without John. I think he would have been happy to look down on us. It felt like the group of ‘students’ gelled quickly and we four ‘tutors’ were more actively leading activities… warm up exercises, Betty Edwards type things like continuous line, blind drawing, left hand etc. All seemed really healthy.

Then on to the Shetland isles for 2 weeks.
I’ll try and get to a series of posts about the trip….
Starting with gannets on the Bass.

gannets - bass rock - gouache -  38 x 56 cms

5599 – gannets – bass rock – gouache – 38 x 56 cms

300615- Bass
hanging. braced fore-wing. unders shaded. diving mask tapered-goggles. arched rump. saw tailed fan flails down. flanked by paddling black marigolds. shorter inners.
deep bruised sea as wind gets up. volcano law another world.
black thumb, bulbous yellow, flailing hand, wiped moustache.
cloud masses rise out from land to cielo blue. above rock ledges teeming, feathers ruffling, mad making guttural growling honk.

gannets - bass rock - gouache -  38 x 56 cms

5604 – gannets – bass rock – gouache – 38 x 56 cms

gannets - bass rock - gouache -  38 x 56 cms

5605 – gannets – bass rock – gouache – 38 x 56 cms