About me

I am fortunate enough to live a few hundred metres from the Sheep’s Head Way which gives me instant access to a walking route around a beautiful peninsular jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean almost on the South-Westernmost tip of Ireland.

My love of walking also takes me on hikes along other long distance routes in Ireland and the UK and I use this journal to record my hiking experiences at home and away including sketches made en-route or from photographs when I return.

Bantry House gatehouse, the start of the Sheep's Head Way
Bantry House gatehouse, the start of the Sheep’s Head Way

About the sketches

Some of the sketches are completed on site, others are drawn on site and painted later while others are made using photographs as reference after my return home.

While hiking, I carry a small sketchbook and a couple of pens in a waist bag (otherwise known as a ‘Fanny Pack’) but usually not my box of watercolours and brushes because of their weight.

When travelling, I take a larger sketchbook and sometimes use a Pentel brush pen to add tone to line drawings by taking some black watercolour from the tip of a Winsor & Newton watercolour pen.