Saturday, 18 June 2016

Richmond upon Thames

A day out with the Urban Sketchers London group. The morning sketch was of the bridge (there were lots of benches with a good view!).



The afternoon one was of a corner of Richmond Green; I like the contrast of the black plastic rubbish bags against the multi-million pound houses. The 4x4 arrived just after I started drawing, and stayed there, abandoned on the double yellow lines but with its hazard lights flashing, for the next hour.



Each drawing: 42 x 13, ink and watercolour in Moleskine sketchbook. Click to enlarge.

Many thanks to John and Helen for arranging the day, and everyone who came along.

Sunday, 5 June 2016

Otterburn Beck, North Yorkshire

Next morning, and the sunshine continues. The stream runs through the middle of the village. I'm standing on the bridge that links the two halves, but only two cars pass in an hour. Ink and watercolour, 21 x 13cm.

Friday, 3 June 2016

7am, Otterburn

As we leave Sheffield, the sun comes out. And the next morning in Otterburn starts with more sunshine. The only traffic is a horse and rider, so it's safe to stand on the edge of the road to draw.



Ink and watercolour, 42 x 13cm. Click to enlarge.


Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Summer in Sheffield

Brief visit to Sheffield. It's bitterly cold; the wind whips round the corners of buildings; and then it starts to rain. But it's June! Took refuge in the (appropriately named) "Winter Garden": tropical plants in a enormous greenhouse in the center of the city.



Slightly warmer (that is, slightly less freezing) in the afternoon. Found a bench out of the wind, and drew the Cathedral Precinct.



Each drawing: Ink and watercolour, 42 x 13cm. Click to enlarge.

Monday, 16 May 2016

Green, green, green

Drawing in Lingfield Butterfly Garden. Everything changes so quickly at this time of year, but this is the moment when the plants and trees are full leaf, but the flowers have not yet appeared, so it's green, green, green everywhere.



Ink and watercolour, 43 x 13cm. Click to enlarge.

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Urban sketchers in Westminster

Another great day with the Urban Sketchers London, this time at Westminster -- and what a great location too. Enough beautiful and historic buildings to keep you busy for weeks. Even more importantly, there were plenty of benches!

Here are my two drawings:


AM: From the garden of the Jewel Tower, looking up at the Houses of Parliament and the entrance to the Victoria Tower. I did get a bit lost in trying to draw every window. There were lots of barriers and police around, in preparation for the State Opening of Parliament next week.

PM: Another view of HP, from College Garden; you'll know it as the place where news teams interview MPs. The brown lumpy thing on the right is a Henry Moore. I don't know what the black sheddy thing on the left is: the man in a fluorescent jacket was leaning against it for the entire two hours I was there.

Both: Ink and watercolour, 43 x 13cm. 

Sunday, 1 May 2016