I've never been a big user of my mobile phone – yes, I've owned a mobile ever since they were the size of a packet of custard creams but I've never got excited about them and never downloaded a ring-tone or anything like that. When we moved to Suffolk twelve years ago, the choice of networks was limited to either A: no coverage in our village or B: there is a slight signal if you stand outside and jump up and down. Consequently I'm not into texting and if someone texts me it can be days before I get the message.
But . . . technology has moved on, a phone is not just for texts (or even phone calls). I'd heard a rumour of people actually sketching on their phones – and as a bit of a techie/geeky/digital-artwork-nerd, I got ever so slightly excited. So, when I was asked what I wanted for my birthday I asked for one of these.
It didn't take me long to add the Brushes app and I was all ready to sketch ;-)
Here's the first sketch I did from our hotel room in Santiago, looking down into the courtyard of the Parador.
And another sitting in the shade under the pine trees on the island of Toja looking across to O Grove.
I'm not alone and even David Hockney's hooked on Brushes too!
What a useful little box of tricks no bigger than a bar of Green & Blacks! Oh, and I can read your blogs on it too ;-)
Sunday, 1 May
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