Monday, April 22, 2013

Sketch Muscat for Charity / WWSkC #34

Watercolour only, no under drawing.
 On Thursday 11th April, I held my annual sketching event for charity. As with previous years, the date was chosen to coincide with the April Worldwide SketchCrawl (see for more info).
Robin's excellent ship
About 15 of us turned up including a couple of families who had super-enthusiastic children.

 Several young Omanis joined in, never having sketched like this before. Along with Aziz and myself they were then interviewed for the local press (but it's not been published so far).
Hatem, Ahmed, Aziz & I being interviewed.

Photo of me at Ghalyas Museum by Ahmed Al Habsi
I am still collecting money from people who sponsored me, but it looks like I have raised 205 Omani rials ($535), which I shall give to the charity next week.

My next post will explain the delay in posting, unless you follow me on facebook (, then you will already know.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Dubai doodles

Burj Al Arab from Costa's - Friday.Water colour & ink A5 sketchbook.
Two weekends ago I went to Dubai as I'd received a invite to the opening day of Art Dubai. Having never attended this event I thought it would be an interesting opportunity, especially as the Global Art Forum is run in conjunction with it. Naturally I took my sketchbook and camera, and these are the pictures from the 3 days I was there.
Lemon mint juice in Dome - Wednesday after arrival.Watercolour on pencil A5 sketchbook.
 After checking into my hotel, I had some lunch which was served with a beautiful acid green lemonmint drink, which cried out to be painted. I grabbed a pencil from my bag and then used watercolours to try to capture the colours, whilst eating a scrummy sandwich and chips. It looks better in the original, my scanner's washed it out a bit.
Rough seas on Jumeriah Beach Thursday.
Global Art Forum - Thursday Ink A5 sketchbook.
The next day we had a dust storm in the morning and afterwards was a lovely refreshing wind. Although it was a bit overcast, I went to the beach near the Art Dubai site and after sitting watching the waves for awhile I tried to paint them. (My scanner couldn't cope with this, so it was lucky I took a photo). From the beach I went to the Global Art Forum where there were really interesting discussions and talks.
Global Art Forum - Friday. Ink A5 sketchbook
 I returned to the forum on Friday, after I checked out and left my bag for the afternoon, I was a little early so investigated Souq Madinate Jumeriah. Sitting in Costas for their free wifi, I painted the stunning view of the iconic Burj Al Arab. Finishing off the weekend, I sketched a couple of pages at the forum before heading to collect my bag on route to the airport.