The challenge from Artists in Blogland is called a Scavenger Hunt, and the theme for October is Windows and Doors, both subjects I am always drawing and painting.
Time being short at the moment and not being able to get out for a few days, I decided on a real scavenger hunt at home and searched through past travel journals for a few relevant sketches.
This window, surrounded by foliage was sketched on a holiday at Bodelwyddan Castle in North Wales, a great spot for sketching, full of quirky little corners and lovely gardens.
Another view of Bodelwyddan Castle, a great arched doorway with one door just visible, open against the inner wall, and a tiny window up on the right.
Try as I will, I just cannot remember where or how I sketched this little group of colourful cottages.
I do remember a holiday at this hotel on a hill in the Lake District, looking over Windermere.
And this quick sketch is of a barn on a lane not far from home, which has now been turned into a house. Although it may be sad to lose these old farm buildings, it is much better that they are turned into a home rather than falling into dilapidation because they no longer have a practical use.
These arched windows and doorways were created, or perhaps constructed is a better word, with various small stamp pieces from a children's 'Architectural' stamping set. I bought this when my youngest grand-daughter was a child and we had some fun with it - this was one of my efforts. Unfortunately the set vanished long ago, probably discarded during one of our home moves.
And lastly - a photograph:
I had finished adding my sketches to this post when I remembered a photo of a fascinating window I took in Liverpool a little while ago. I have kept meaning to use it in a piece of artwork but haven't done so yet, so it seemed just right for the Scavenger Hunt.
The photo is exactly as I took it, with the weird colouring of the brickwork - NO digital altering of the colours.
Well, I've enjoyed this Scavenger Hunt and the way it sent me back to leaf through my sketchbooks. I hope you like one or two of the sketches too.
Linking with Artists in Blogland and Manon's Paper Saturdays