Yesterday we took a group of foreign students to Plymouth for the day. Most of the time was spent shopping but I grabbed an hour or so over lunchtime to do some journal sketches at the Barbican.

My little sketchbook journal.

There was a big, old sailing boat in the harbour next to the café where we ate breakfast.

Quick watercolour sketch.

While we were waiting for the students at the meeting point I drew the famous Mayflower Steps where the pilgrim fathers set sail for America. It was interesting to learn a bit about the history of Plymouth to tell the students! Plymouth Hoe is where Sir Francis Drake was famously playing bowls when the Spanish Armada begun. Unfazed, however, by the threatening spanish ships looming on the horizon, he played on! Amazingly, they still went on to victory, aided a little by the stormy weather in the bay. The students came back before I could finish this one!

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Mayflower Steps, Plymouth Barbican

After a spot of lunch we sat dangling our legs over the harbour wall where I did a quick sketch of The Three Crowns pub opposite.

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The Three Crowns, Plymouth Barbican

Later I’ll upload another post about some paintings and models I’ve been making today for some blog challenges!

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This is lovely, Clare. And I would love to have breakfast, sipping on the perfect hot cuppa of English Breakfast or Scottish blend next to a harbour! 😀

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