The book has now been with me approx 3000 miles, to Madeira and back.
It is small and light to carry with just a pencil and rubber and protected by a cellophane sleeve. It came with me to the beach, the cliffs, the mountains and the gardens. I used cobalt blue watercolour and a blue ink pen. I mostly drew in the book with pencil on location then painted them later back at the room. I built up the blue washes first and added the pen last as the ink is not waterproof.
I am finding it a good way of getting into daily painting. They don't take long and the process generates new ideas.
al images (c) Tessa Spanton
From the balcony overlooking the subtropical gardens of Vila Porto Mare
Reids Palace Hotel, Madeira
above Sao Vicente on the North coast of Madeira, where dramatic waves roll in over rocks and black sand.
above views from Ponta de São Lourenço
some flowers from the beautiful sutropical gardens at Vila Porto Mare
More to come in part 3.