Ireland Holiday Sketches

Cast Iron Stove

I spent last week on holiday in Ireland. We stayed on the Mullet Peninsula in County Mayo, which is on the west coast of Ireland. It was very quiet and ideal for ‘getting away from it all’ – a total contrast from our daily lives in central London.


I took a pocket-sized Moleskine sketchbook which is perfect for travelling with because of its size. Along with that I used a couple of Micron pens (one in black and one in brown, both 05) and my new travel watercolour set from Cass Art, which, again is ideal for carrying around because it’s similar in size to my mobile phone but still contains 18 quarter pans of professional grade watercolours.


I did take a larger, A4 Moleskine with me too, so that I could catch up on my sketches for the SketchingNow Buildings Course that I’m doing but I’ll save that sketch for another day.


I got home yesterday and I’m now taking part in Inktober again this month. Again, I’ll share more about that in a later post.


Let me know in the comments below if you sketch when you travel, and if you do, what’s in your travel sketching kit?

Blacksod Bay

Chess Pieces








5 thoughts on “Ireland Holiday Sketches

  1. Sheryl Reply

    I am in Scotland for 2 months. I brought a watercolor box, Windsor Newton,a small gouache box by Talons and a Canson mix media sketch book 13.9cm x 21.6cm. I leave that in the flat with Tombo water based felt tip pens,
    When I go site seeing I bring another sketchbook of the same size,a foray fountain pen fine tip,a uniballvidion vision fine pen,a stars let.0.05 pen, a regular penci, sharpener, a few colored pencils and I’m off. I have a wind breaker jacket and it all fits in my packets.

    1. Cathryn Worrell Reply

      Sounds great! The only problem is that I’m now at risk of looking up (and buying!) some of the supplies you’ve mentioned :).

  2. Sheryl Reply

    Whoops! Spelling correction the pen for travel that you can’t read is a uniball vision pen.

  3. Dale Reply

    If I could draw worth a damn, I would! My father, apparently, jumped a generation when he passed on his artistic talents. My nieces and nephews and my sons all have drawing talents. Me? Not soo much!!

    1. Cathryn Worrell Reply

      I bet they have nothing on you when it comes to cooking though! 🙂

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