Poldark Scene Study

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Are any of you guys watching Poldark this fall? It’s so moody and relaxing to watch. I’ll probably do some more detailed character work soon (I posted a picture of Warleggan, the villain of the piece, a few weeks ago on Instagram), but this little painting was to try to figure out those gorgeous Cornish cliffs.

West Wycombe Park

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I don’t think it’s any secret that I love British novels and period dramas, especially the works of Jane Austen. My favorite movie of all time, Austenland, pokes some gentle fun at the stereotypes of Austen’s work in the midst of some beautiful comedy and romance. It doesn’t take itself too seriously, and I appreciate that. If I’m ever having a bad day, I’ll pop that movie into the DVD player, relax in the familiar world, and come away feeling a little lighter every time.

This house, West Wycombe Park, was featured in Austenland and in a bunch of other films and television shows like Doctor Thorne, Cranford, Downton Abbey, Little Dorrit, and The Importance of Being Earnest, among many, many others. After enjoying the house in so many different stories, I thought I ought to pay homage to it and its beautiful yellow exterior. 🙂

I used this beautiful photo as a reference.

Visiting the Parthenon

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Happy June, everyone! As we move toward summer, I have a few urban sketches from my recent travels to share with you all! This is the first proper urban sketch that I’ve attempted, and I loved it. Keep an eye out for more in the coming weeks.

A few weeks ago, my family and I traveled to Nashville, Tennessee. We heartily enjoyed exploring the beautiful Centennial Park (and I enjoyed sketching several locations there). The park was founded in 1897 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Tennessee’s admission into the United States. This replica of the Parthenon was part of the Centennial Exhibition, to pay homage to Nashville’s reputation as “The Athens of the South.” It was originally intended to be a temporary structure, but it became so popular that the city decided to leave it standing as the centerpiece of the park.

On the green in front of the Parthenon are a couple scattered picnic tables. My mom (left), my sister (right), and I walked out to one of these tables, and I got to sit and sketch while we chatted. I was sitting behind them, so they didn’t know that they were part of the picture until it was finished. 😛 It was a beautiful, cool day, perfect for walking around and enjoying the park.