I just came back from a week long trip to Madeira, an island of outstanding natural beauty. I didn’t bring much and in fact half of my 5 kilos of luggage consisted of drawing material. I spent most of my time walking around the island and drawing but I felt that one week wasn’t enough time to explore so I will certainly be back for more. Most of all, I was taken by the landscape. Through the sub-tropical climate, the island has a remarkable variety of vegetation, fruit and flowers, even in February. Here is a selection of impressions from my sketchbook.
The flower selling women wear traditional costume and the stalls are colourfully presented. This was a nice scene where a band turned up and started to play and lots of people gathered to watch.
Walking along a levada, with many cacti growing all around
Lunching at the beach in Funchal. It looks nice and calm but a few minutes after I drew the scene a huge wave came crashing in and chased everyone away.