I sketched this one while waiting at the airport for our daughter to board her flight safely and head back to the UK. It was really dark, so this ended up pretty sketchy and blurry – but also suitably gloomy. We had a lovely little holiday while she was here… here’s hoping we can make it to the UK in the not too distant future to see both of our daughters and my mum.
Today we took our daughter to the airport as she is heading off to university – an exciting time for her (though difficult travel with Covid-19…quarantine in the UK, blended learning and no freshers parties and all that)…but kind of a sad time for us. This sketch was done in the car park while we waited to be sure she had gone through immigration without any difficulty. The title actually comes from a Nick Cave song that I have been listening to a lot recently, but it seems appropriate.
I didn’t have time to sketch at the airport in Providenciales – it was very crowded and it wasn’t long after I got through security that we boarded. Instead I sketched this in Toronto between flights. In this part of the airport there are these peculiar shaped tables – like blue stars and tree trunks. Given the chaos around the world it was surprisingly normal at the airport. In case you are wondering I have already made it back home safely!
Here is another sketch done on my way to Turks and Caicos – I did this one while I was waiting for my flight in Toronto airport. I was hoping to draw a plane and wandered around trying to find a seat near a window (and near my departure gate) where I could see one. When I finally did, I sat down, drank my coffee and looked up to see the plane (not mine, just the one I had hoped to draw) had left. So I turned round and drew what I could see in the other direction.
Last weekend I was travelling again, heading back to Turks and Caicos for work. At the airport in Manila I was surprised to be told that I could go to the Elite lounge – I guess because I have travelled on Philippine airlines so much recently I must have accumulated lots of airmiles. Unfortunately I had just had brunch before heading to the airport so couldn’t take advantage of the free food!
I had a long, long journey home – three connecting flights and a 6 hour layover in the UK. I left on Thursday and arrived home on Saturday! I only had time to do one sketch though, as I had to catch a coach between airports in the UK and that seemed to take up all my time. This is what I saw when I finally got to Heathrow Terminal 2. I think I should have ignored the sculpture in the background (all those lines on a pole)…very difficult to convey how it looked.
Here is my last sketch in Turks and Caicos for a while – at the airport of course. In the background behind people queuing up for their flight is a souvenir shop selling lots of knick-knacks …hope you can spot the fish.
My trip to Grand Turk was short but sweet – just two nights. This sketch was done on my way back to Providenciales. There is a bar at the airport called ‘The Cockpit’ and I had a coffee while waiting. This group of people decided to have a few beers while waiting….maybe they are nervous flyers…I can understand that, given the tiny weeny planes that fly between islands in TCI.
On Sunday I took a short trip to Grand Turk (even though it is south of Providenciales, they say going ‘up’ to Grand Turk here…I guess because that is where the capital is?). Anyway it was nice to be going to a different island for a change. This sketch is not of the plane I was on….for my flight we took a tiny turboprop plane, with a little door so low that I brained myself on the way in.
Here is another sketch I did while waiting at Heathrow to meet up with my daughter on Christmas Eve. This is what I’d call a Tuk-tuk – an auto rickshaw…which I have seen a lot of in South East Asia, particularly in Bangkok. This one was set up outside Caffè Nero to sell flowers out of the back…I had intended to include those in the sketch, but as I often do, I drew too large!