Angus Stewart's Breadalbane Street Studio, Tobermory, Isle of Mull, Scotland
Ink Drawings of Mull
These are small ink drawings taken from my sketch books. I haven't shown them as the books are still in tact and it would be a shame to cut them up as they are a like a diary. The great thing about using ink is that it tends to dry quicker than does water-colour, so it is good for doing quick work which may not be possible because of weather or time. There is a freshness because of the speed of execution which I enjoy.
Tobermory Fishermen's Pier.  
Last week a gentleman came into my studio and was interested to see the equipment which I use to make these pictures. I think he was rather taken aback by the sad little collection of tools. A pencil, dip pen, empty child's paint tin (small), some elastic bands to hold the notebook open, a bottle of ink, a bottle of water, two really stuffed Japanese paint brushes, some tissues, top from an aerosol can to sit in the paint tin for water. I put a small quantity of ink in the paint tin, the aerosol cap sits in the tin filled with water, the sketch book is held over my left arm while I hold the paint tin. It is possible to hold the whole lot standing up which is great for travelling.
Pier, Tobermory
Tobermory in February.  
The ink I use is transparent acrylic waterproof ink. It is lightest but is not as "interesting" as the old inks were some years ago. They would dry into shiny pools and had a particular behaviour which is not present with modern inks.
Allan's boat.  
One of the interesting behaviour of ink is when nearly dry it is possible to lift out the ink almost back to the paper colour and leave a dark halo around the edge of the stroke. Blotting with tissues can be useful - but one has to refrain from lifting excess ink off because of lack of time as it can result in the area which you wanted to be darkest being left as a highlight.
The Fish Van  
The sort of pictures one attempt when out with a sketch book seem to be different from the ones attempted in a full water-colour. These painters were working away quickly and there would not have been time to complete a painting. Consequently my sketch books are full of little moments snatched while having a coffee or waiting for a train. A great way to make use of those gaps in the day.
Painting the Co-op.  
It was great to have the opportunity to do some drawing while listening to the rehearsal during the Mendellssohn on Mull music festival. The only problem is that you fairly know how long the rehearsal is going to last so the drawings are often a bit of a dash as you can see.
Rehearsals in the Aros Hall  
 
The full orchestra rehearing in the hall  
 
The sailor's slipway, Tobermory.  
 
The clock.  
The white building in the drawing is the Tobermory Hotel where I grew up. A splendid place for a kid to watch the goings on around the arbour. I used to draw the boats out of the top floor window.
The Tobermory Hotel  
The Calgary Farmhouse Hotel has a nice gallery attached to it where many of the artists working on the Isle of Mull exhibit. Matthew and Julia Reade are in the process of making a woodland sculpture walk next to the Hotel. It will be a great addition and will be well worth a look if you are in the area. Matthew also makes interesting wooden furniture which is on show in the Carthouse Gallery.
Calgary Farmhouse Hotel  
Jeans dogs - not a subject which I had much hope of getting to a finished state as you can imagine. It was pleasing to manage to do something with these little dogs so it was good to notice that they were going to fixate on the door awaiting Jeans return from shopping. They stayed very still for me..
   
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