Urban sketches, etchings, watercolours, pen and ink.
Sketching near Oban, Argyle and Bute, Scotland
The Lady of Avenel is an 102ft square rigged brigantine, currently based near Oban, on the west coast of Scotland.
Every year the Lady of Avenel needs a refit to prepare her for her working season. This year I went up there to join the working party for the refit.
I travelled by overnight train from Euston to Crianlarach.
I drew some sketches on the journey.
The boat was at Dunstaffnage Marina. In between work sessions I drew some pictures.
On the boat was a sea dog, Shona. She had to be locked indoors while crew members were hoisting the engine out. I was not part of the engine-hoisting gang. So I kept the dog company and drew her picture.
I travelled back via Fort William. The High Street caters for climbers and walkers and has a large number of shops stocking all brands of outdoor gear. I examined some of them, then rested by the Old Fort.
Near the train station there is a park with several war memorials, and a poignant plaque from the young people of Hiroshima:
Here are a few photos of the Lady of Avenel during the refit.
Scotland is beautiful.
I have sailed on the Lady of Avenel in previous years:
I took my sketching things on a swimming expedition to the Outer Hebrides with Swimtrek. We were on the wonderful Lady of Avenel 102ft square rigged brigantine. We started in Oban. It was raining when I…
Here is Lady of Avenel, 102ft Brigantine. This was the third of three sketches. Here are the first two. I have drawn Lady of Avenel previously: Outer Hebrides 2017 See also these pages for pictures of and…