Turkish delights – onboard drawings

It’s been a week since we got back from our flotilla sailing holiday in Turkey and the tan has turned to rust this weekend!

This is the third time over the years that we’ve visited the delightful coves of Skopea Limani, starting our from Gocek this tima. Very relaxing and plenty of time for drawing – no shortage of subjects, of course, in this beautiful part of the mediterranean,

I took a range of art materials, including paints, paper, pencils and about a dozen different types of pen. But in the end I used a normal Uniball,tech-type pen you can get anywhere almost exclusively, because it’s so versatile andyou can write and draw without wasting a second ferreting about for other stuff,

Over the years I’ve found the trick is to start with something interesting in the middle of the page and carry on working outwards until you have to stop and perform some nautical task such as splicing the mainbrace or drinking wine.

Too busy to draw at our departure point in Gocek, but our first stop on the Sunday night was the gorgeous green fringed cove at Sarsala, where the cooking is done on a huge woodfire set in the pine trees:Turkey 2014 01 resized


This was done from our boat Calypso, firmly moored and in sheltered waters so it was a good stable platform – not always the case on a boat. I put some pencil ahading in the background which didn’t really work, but that’s less obvious when scanned.

The next morning I spotted an impressive cactus which distracted me from the morning briefing:

Turkey 2014 02 Sarsala 2And then it came on to rain. This strange framing is at the top of the steps (I should say ‘Companionway’ ) that lead out into the  cockpit, so you see bits of boat and the view behind.

Turkey 2014 03 Sarsala 3We waited till it eased and then moved on to our next destination…

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