Colournotes – Spain : 2017

Colournotes : Northern Spain

The original information for this collection of images was taken from several sketchbooks, between 2013 and 2017.

It was sometimes quite fragmentory – simple colour jottings, line drawings or sketches, often made while travelling. Something vivid – a scent; a glimpse of an acid yellow field, might be gone in a flash, leaving time only for a scribble of line and colour; yet there would remain a persistent memory of a place, or moment in time. Later, I continued drawing on screen, re-creating the memory through layers of image and colour.


Travelling through Northern Spain – Colour notes.

Shades of green in the Basque country
Phosphorescent sea – glimpsed from the pilgrim path
Green-gold of the plain – Castille
After rain sparkle in the Guaderrama
Irregua Gorge – rose madder
Burnt Carmine, raw umber, vermillion – April – Rioja
Ochre yellow heat of Bardenas Reales
Turquoise pools at the source of the Urederra
White karst – on the high pastures of the Sierra de Alarar

Book Design and Print, by Pat Hodson
29cm x 15cm

Printed with Epson pigmented inks on 180gsm Matt paper; cover; Innova cotton paper 215gsm