As I travel around the world, I come across sketches and watercolours I painted in the late 70’s, and 80’s. I used to paint and draw on location. It is not art with a capital ‘A’, but I thoroughly enjoyed the creative process and the opportunity it provided to linger and ‘take in’ more of the locality I was visiting. It allowed me to intuitively connect with the subject matter before me. As a result I still remember where every sketch or watercolour was made, which is not the case with photos.
This watercolour, at my sister’s house is of a wonky old farm near Delft, Netherlands. This area lies below sea level and its soils are soft, causing buildings to sag and sink. The brick area on the right are the living quarters. The left is the barn area of the farmhouse. Most likely the house part was build with better foundations or on firmer soils.
I am still planning to get back to painting and sketching as I travel, but at the moment producing Sitdancing programmes take priority this year. So for now I will stick to photography till I can afford to slow down, sit still, and once again more intensely absorb the places I visit..