“A drawing is simply a line going for a walk.”

– Paul Klee, 1879-1940


If what Paul Klee says is true, then for me a sketching trip is where I take my pencil and sketchbook, and sometimes a miniature watercolour box, for a walk. And it’s not just a part of painting landscapes; it is the best part. In fact, I sometimes look at a painting I’ve done from sketches made in the field and wish it had the same spontaneity as those expressive impressions done outdoors with a pencil and a few dabs of paint. I sometimes take photos as an aide memoire, but I have no doubt pictures painted on location are so much more vibrant and exciting than those worked from photographs.