Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Scottish Sketching

I've just gotten back from a 10 day trip to Scotland. Here are a few sketches...

Scotland has a lot of sheep. I have learned that sheep enjoy 3 things: 1. Grass, 2. Chillaxing, and 3. Standing in the middle of the road, completely unfazed by cars and their horns.

We spent several days of the trip on the Isle of Skye, which was an absolutely breathtaking place. This is a sketch done during the midpoint of a 12 mile hike through the forest, along the coast, and into the mountains. It started raining halfway through this drawing (this happened a lot).

The next day, we took another hike out to the lighthouse on Neist Point, the western most tip of the Isle of Skye, which can only be reached on foot.

It started raining again while I did this quick sketch of Dunvegan Castle.

Most of our time in Scotland was spent with the incredibly lovely Sylvia Simon, and this is a drawing done inside her walled garden in Strathtay. I had never seen this flower before, but it is called crocosmia, and it grows like you would not believe in Scotland. I actually spotted it growing in the wild in a few places.


  1. Bri, these are great!
    So nice to see you on location- let's do it soon in NY.
    I am just back and have the bug...

  2. Hi! These are beautiful. It sounds like you had a great trip! I can't wait to catch up and hear all the details. We have some Crocosmia on our street and it's amazing. I've never seen it before either. Welcome back- xo

  3. You saw the Scotland I have only been promised, look forward to hearing all about it. These sketches are great.