Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Woyww -almost back to a routine

After a wonderfully relaxing holiday in Vietnam I am almost back in the woyww routine. This post is a little loaded with pics of my sketchbook journal pages from the holiday.  Promise to only show 4 pages of my sketchbook which hopefully will give you a glimpse of wonderful Vietnam.  Firstly, beautiful lotus flowers and leaves.  The country was so lush and green with beautiful gardens and trees everywhere.

Quick fun sketch of Ha Noi city streets in the old quarter.  I got the city sketch idea from a brochure but what I missed drawing is the electrical wires that would criss cross all over the page.

The landscape was full of paddy fields/terraces, lakes and mountains.

 Wherever you went there would be a variety of animals but I was quite taken with poultry.  Normally I am the tourist patting the cats but this time I was taken with the chickens who knew not to cross the  busy roads if they wanted to live another day.

Taking a  sketchbook on holidays was new and definitely something I will do again.  A lovely way to stop and really make you look at the country you are visiting.

Have a lovely woyww.


  1. Hi Sandra,
    Lovely, lovely sketches! They are getting better and better! Looks like you had a great time in Vietnam. Hope you had some relaxing though :) Will do a woyww post later. (I won some stamps from Norway!) Maybe we can fit in a lunch before the school holidays?

  2. Looks like a great holiday. I really enjoyed seeing your sketches Peg #20

  3. Sandra, your sketches are incredible. So very beautiful and full of color. It must have been a fun holiday. Vietnam is one place I have trouble with. When I was in school (mostly middle and high school) the war was going strong and winding down. Still, I had friends whose older brothers were drafted and many died in those same paddy fields you drew so well. I remember when I was still in grad school, I joined a group of writers. We discussed war, and many of the women were much older than me and my friend I came with. They said the defining war HAD to be WWII. My friend and I said almost simultaneously, for our generation it was Vietnam! Sorry I got carried away, especially since this was the first I've been around for awhile. Happy WOYWW from # 2.

  4. Wow what an amazing way to record your holiday. Thank you sharing your pics....really fab.
    Annie x # 31

  5. It's not fair - you are just too talented!! No, seriously - well done, all those pieces are gorgeous. I particularly love the city sketch. Glad you had such a wonderful time. Happy WOYWW, Chris # 3

  6. Wow, you are very talented. Penwork and woatercolour. Beautiful.
    Thank you for letting me have a peep of your workspace.
    Have a good week

  7. I love your sketches! I know I should sketch more to improve my skills.. just cannot seem to start with it... I envy your talent. Happy woyww and a big hug from rainy Holland, Marit #59

  8. I love your sketches and watercolour paintings! The look lush! I want to try travel journalling one day! Have fun this week! zsuzsa @ InkyDinkyDoodle #45

  9. All your watercolours are fab but that chicken is AMAZING!! You've got it so right in just a few brush strokes. I love it :-). So glad you had a good time in Vietnam, it looks a beautiful country!
    Hugs. LLJ 21 xx

  10. Your photos are lovely. What an exciting trip. I'd love to visit there sometime. Our priest was born there and came to the US during that war. So having had an Asian daughter in law I kind of know the foods he enjoys too. We visited South Korea a few years back and I truly loved it there. Of course my son showed us a great time. but again I loved their food too. Just a beautiful well kept country. Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy the weekend. Our fall has been so beautiful, I hate to see it come to an end.

  11. Wonderful sketches! I think sketching deepens the memory more than taking photos. Awesome work!!
    Gabriele 33

  12. Breath taking journal pages!
    Krisha #61

  13. What an amazing place to go on holiday, I'm glad you've had a lovely relaxing time, Sandra but it's great to see you back, you've been missed.
    I love that you've drawn your memories, so very personal and so different from just taking photos, although I'm sure you've loads of those too.
    Hugs Lisax#37

  14. Sandra those are amazing images of your holiday. Look forward to seeing some more. Very much in awe of your ability to capture the scenes. Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz #28 xx

  15. Awesome artwork of your holiday you have shared with us this week - love that chook! Happy WOYWW Cindy #63

  16. Hi Sandra, Happy WOYWW.

    Wow to your artwork, I love it all especially the lotus blossoms, and your holiday sounds amazing! I have only been abroad once and that was to Prague, I would love to travel more but not sure I am up to it now, or can afford it.

    Cazzy x #66

  17. Your sketchbook is fabulous. Those lotus flowers are beautiful. I've wanted to learn to do drawings in sketchbooks for ages and I'm doing a course at sketchbook skool right now. I just hope I can get as good as you. They are wonderful.
    Have a great week,
    Von #13

  18. What a brilliant sketchbook of memories... just delightful ;D
    I've not visited Vietnam but heard many times just how beautiful it is.
    Your paintings are fantastic... thanks for giving us a glimpse.
    Have a great week settling back into your routine... and planning of another trip no doubt!

    1. Oops forgot to write my number but you've already visited me.
      Neesie #51

  19. Hi Sandra, thanks for the visit. That sounds like a great time you had and the journal is amazing. I love the street drawing, it would make a fantastic set of stamps. Have a great crafty week and thanks for sharing your lovely work with us, Angela x 41

  20. I love the lotus painting.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier.

    Happy WOYWW
    Sue #17

  21. awesome drawings. I am always amazed at the fun things you can see on visits to foreign countries...the crisscross wires seem to be everywhere but where I live...but then I live on the edge of civilization! Have a great week and thanks for stopping by my desk this week. Vickie #23

  22. What a great way to remember your holiday. Great sketches/ drawings. Creative Blessings! Kelly #61

  23. De, those sketches are wonderful, great relaxed work from your hols. That lotus flowers panel look so realistic, as if it smells beautiful and the cockerel is gorgeous.
    Thanks for popping in to my desk and the nice comments.
    Chris #15

  24. Some beautiful journal pages. Vietnam is one of the countries on my bucket list!

    Thanks for sharing your stunning art and for already visiting my blog.

    Kyla #11

  25. Beautiful pages you have created. Amazing art!
    Glenda #37