The worst kept secret about me is that my wife is from Scotland, so introduced me to a lot of different Scottish foods over the years some good, some potent ways to do yourself a mischief. From Killie Pies, to tablet or a loaf of Mother’s Pride Scottish Plain loaf. But none of these other things compares to a Tunnock’s teacake, chocolate shell hiding gooey marshmallow and a soft biscuit later at the bottom.
They are amazing and every time I see one I want to eat it. They are a favourite in our house and don’t stay in the cupboards for very long.
Fleetwood Market Days can get quite busy, though not as busy as they were in the days of the ferries where lorries and coaches would compete for space on dock street. During the Covid 19 Pandemic it has felt very empty in the town at times.
A painting from Mount Road in my sketchbook from 2018 was the first drawing I came back to the next day and realised I could draw.
It doesn’t have an underdrawing, everything is painted directly in watercolour, there is no blocking in with pencil first, this is just going for it in paint and it showed me that I could draw and paint in one step, that my observational skills had improved since my student days.
I love my sketchbook
It is a place I can really play and there is no pressure to finish a drawing, share with anyone or anything. My sketchbooks are far from the picture perfect ones that people seem to share online, they really are a place to explore, and some aren’t as good for media as others. If you don’t want to spend much then I can recommend these ones from Artdiscount.co.uk, and in a pack of ten they are affordable
For years, I would sketch in pencil, then ink then erase the pencil then paint, and in the end I felt like I was just colouring in and each stage would lose some of the life of the drawing.
Drawing directly in paint is really freeing, you have to be confident with it though there is no fiddling with it on and on it will just look fussy and ugly.
At the moment I tend to draw directly in fountain pen, as quickly as I can, just a few minutes then let the ink dry before drawing again with paint over the top. I try to work quickly and do it all in a single session, I don’t really want to keep going over things for days at a time.
A personal favourite of mine that I have painted in 2021, I just loved the colours and the shapes of all the buildings and how they work together. Especially with the clouds they help pull it all together drawing you back towards the Oyster Bar.
A4 painting, done in my signature style with watercolour, ink and Posca markers
Robert’s Oyster Bar is in Central Blackpool near the Tower and the North Pier overlooking the promenade and the sea front.
Just don’t venture too far from cover with food or the seagulls will make sure that they get their fair share of your food.
This drawing is a fair few years old, I can’t put an exact date on the drawing but the sketchbook it was in had various artefacts in from when my eldest son was a baby so it from before 2010.
For me learning has always been about taking notes, and that are to the point and personal. That is how I did my A-levels and then the first year of university where I continued to do chemistry. In Ceramics I kept notebooks full of clay and glaze tests seeing how things worked and from there making decisions.
Same with sketchbooks, I now have so many sketchbooks filled with pages and pages of drawings and really they are about me and how it is that I learn.
I promise it has very little to do with gambling as I don’t do it myself and none of my art so far is sponsored by any companies, or has even been used to promote any companies. If you need an illustrator for your business contact me.
Cleveleys is close by only being the next town over from Fleetwood and only a short trip on the tram. And has quite a few buildings with character.