Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Sketching with USk Madeira


We met at Ponta do Sol for a wonderful sunny day of sketching on the Island of Madeira. My friend Rui had organized the official meeting again. After the first sketch directly by the sea we made the throwdown in the lawn in front of a hotel.

Then we went to the Old Pharmacy, which is a place to eat and we could sit outside for lunch. The weather was great. I sketched three of my fellow sketchers while waiting for the meal.


Then we went uphill to a small chapel with a very beautiful lookout. From there we could see the rooftops of the houses below and of course the sea in front of us.

Here is the full spread:

 Later I sketched the Ponte (bridge) from a café.


I forgot to photograph the last throwdown, but there are some of my films and photos in my Insta feed, if you are interested. Thank you to Rui and USk Madeira for these great memories.


Here come some of my sketches from different locations on the Island

Then another one from Garajau

and some other sketchbook entries:

After one travel is before the next...

Monday, March 18, 2024

Watercolour portrait sketch...a Boticelli Model


"This is a Boticelli-like looking person"... is what I thought as I saw this model for the first time. The floral background was an idea I had when I was in floral painting mood lately. Thank you to Judith for making this painting fun happen.

If you would like to learn how to paint a portrait in watercolour don't miss my next workshop at VHS in Crailsheim:

Next full day portrait workshop is on Saturday 01.06.24, 10 - 16°°. 

Reservation Kadri Peterson, VHS Crailsheim, Tel.: 07951 403 3817

Monday, March 11, 2024

Watercolour Portrait Sketch



Sunday morning portrait painting. I made a hyperlapse process video of it which can be seen on Insta @bettina_draws. That was a fabulous start to my day.

I worked very loose and did not stick too much to accuracy. This procedure turned out to be a good way for me to make short sketches wet-in-wet. 

A colourful start to the day. The Model is Soane Ara and the reference is from my friend Judith and her portraitchallenge.

Monday, February 19, 2024

Aquarell Ganztages-Kurse 2024


Liebe Malfreunde,

oben seht ihr meine Ganztageskurse für Hohenlohe. Ich habe schöne Projekte vorbereitet, verschiedene Farbmischungen für euch getestet und interessante Tips für euch auf Lager. Ich freue mich auf euren Besuch.

Sunday, February 11, 2024

Watercolour Portrait Sketch


Here comes another sketch on toned paper. I liked the hat which suits him well and of course the intense look. 

Still three papers on the block so I got some more on the 200 gms toned paper till it is gone. Needs a lot of colour layers to get at least a bit of contrast, but it is quite nice to try.

Happy sketching, everybody. 


Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Watercolour Portrait Sketch


Before I went away travelling this January, I did many watercolour portrait sketches on toned paper. Pure fun.

If you would like to get a space in one of my workshops please book early, as the places are limited.


Falls ihr noch einen Platz in einem meiner Aquarellkurse haben möchtet, bucht bitte rechtzeitig, denn die Plätze sind begrenzt (Kurse siehe rechts...)

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Another Portrait Sketch on toned paper


Thank you to the Model Jessika @adoro_larte for the great reference. 

I was having fun with this one and could try all different kinds of greens, blending one into another...


Friday, January 19, 2024

More portrait sketching on toned paper


Really enjoy this brownish paper in the meantime. Very suitable for fast watercolour sketching. This person looks very much alike the prompt of jyportraitchallenge and I am superhappy with it. 

More of these... just for the fun of it.

Happy painting.