On a day trip to the Isle of Bute, it started off a beautiful sunny day with long shadows, perfect for drawing and painting.
Crocuses at the water’s edge
I try and pop into this post office and café when ever I’m in Bute. Always a good place for a snack and a really good made cup of coffee, maybe one of the best on the west coast. The window seats are ideal for drawing the port as there’s a great view of the port, I’ve only caught a small area here.
A sign outside the Black Bull Inn in Rothesay.
A few times when I’ve cycled past here, I’ve seen the farmers practise taking the Clydesdale horses out with a carriage. The carriage they use is on metal sleds which may (I’m guessing) is for the weight and build their strength.
Feast on the ferry home.
I needed to do a new version of my day to day travel kit as I’ve made a few changes to it. I’ve got used to the Blockx colours now but I doubt I’ll buy any more of them as it will be easier to fill the pans with Winsor & Newton colours.
The biggest recent change is trying the new Stillman & Birn sketchbooks. I felt they didn’t really suit fine liners as much as moleskines. Instead they’re much more suited to ink so I’ve started using fountain pens and brush pens which have changed the way I draw. I’m still not quite found my feet yet as its taking a bit of time to getting used to a more varied and expressive line but I’m liking it so far.
Its could be heinous to include my phone but its pretty vital in the process of taking photos and uploading any drawings on site. I’ve been uploading most of my drawings to my instagram.com/wilfreeborn
A trip to the restaurant Singl End yesterday with its nice open spaces and interesting decor.