Back from my holidays and I have already uploaded my travel journal sketches. This trip was marked by small but quite irritating disasters that had mostly to do with my equipment and the weather in Alexandroupolis. As this city is a coastal one the weather was hot and humid working on 300grs all cotton paper was not a good idea at all. The first week had some sudden storms too, bourinia as they are called here. As you understand these two can be a real problem for sketching outdoors.
It was a huge mistake to take with me three of my custom made sketchbook with Saunders Waterford White 300 grs paper. Though this paper performs great in Athens where the weather is usually hot and dry, in the humid environment of Alexandroupolis this 100% cotton paper was a real disaster. It didn’t dry, no matter how long I waited to do so, and when it did so, made my sketches looking blurry and without clear outlines while it seemed to suck all the colour making sketches looking faded too.
Some of my sketches’ pages stuck the one on the other when I closed the sketchbook and I needed a knife to separate them and generally all the plain air landscape sketches needed double the work I usually do in order to look relatively decent.
I didn’t have and I didn’t manage to find at the local market something alternative, paper or sketchbook to use so I kept on sketching on my sketchbooks with the results you are going to see below.
But enough with moaning, my sketching trip was not an 100% disaster after all. I came back with some decent sketches and plenty of interesting photographs from beautiful sunsets and a collection of tiny shells that I gathered at the local beaches.
So let me present you my sketches and in the end of this post you’ll find a direct link to download my sunsets and sea shells photographs just in case you want to use them as reference photographs for future sketches and paintings.