Monday, 25 July 2016

Drawing trees: 76

Carrying on with just ink. Ink, 13 x 9 cm.

Drawing trees: 75

Started drawing this in ink, then realised that I had forgotten my brushes, so: Ink, 13 x 9 cm. Might go back later to add some colour.

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Wren's City Churches: St Mary-le-Bow

The base of the tower and west wall of St Mary-le-Bow, including the bottom half of Captain John Smith.

Ink and watercolour, 26 x 9cm. Click to enlarge.

Wren's City Churches: St Anne and St Agnes

Interesting building: an odd collection of diverse boxes and gables. But difficult to get a good angle on this, as it’s hemmed in by trees and tall buildings; will come again in winter!

Ink and watercolour, 18 x 9cm. Click to enlarge.

Wren's City Churches: Christ Church Greyfriars

Ink and watercolour, 26 x 9cm. Click to enlarge.


West end of St James Garlickhythe.

Ink and watercolour, 26 x 9cm. Click to enlarge.

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Urban sketching: St Martin’s Place

St Martin’s Place, from the steps of St Martin’s church. Spent too long looking for a place out of the sun, and had to hurry the painting stage: which is why it’s in black and white.

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

Urban sketching: Waterloo Place, London

Waterloo Place, London. From the useful shade of the Duke of York column.

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

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Oak tree on Box Hill

Ink and watercolour, 21 x 13cm.

Polesden Lacey: Peony Border

Back in the main gardens, there’s the peony border. The peonies have been and gone, but there’s another bench in the shade.
Ink and watercolour, 21 x 13cm.

Box Hill: Panorama

Box Hill used to be known for its appearance in Jane Austen’s Emma; now it’s famous for being a Pokestop: it was swarming with people staring at smartphones.

Ink and watercolour, 21 x 13cm. Click to enlarge.

Polesden Lacey: Greenhouses

Away from the crowds admiring the beautiful formal gardens, there’s a greenhouse, some gardener’s clutter... and a bench in the shade.
Ink and watercolour, 42 x 13cm. Click to enlarge.

Saturday, 2 July 2016

St Pauls from Christ Church Greyfriars

The church of Christ Church Greyfriars was bombed in WWII; only the west wall and tower remain. The nave is now a garden; the wooden towers mark the original pillars. A much bigger drawing than my usual Moleskine size, which took three hours.

Ink and watercolour, 35 x 25cm.

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

Saturday, 30 April 2016

Variation on a theme

Variation on a theme. In the "Butterfly Garden" on Lingfield Common again, this time in monochrome: ink pens combined with markers in various shades of grey. 31 x 21 cm.

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Back to the "Butterfly Garden"

Back to the "Butterfly Garden" on Lingfield Common: it's a looking a bit untidy at the moment as the new buds of spring push through the debris left by winter. Ink and watercolour, 31 x 21 cm.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Under the motorway: April

Under the motorway: April. It's the time of year when everything changes to quickly; a few days earlier or later, and this scene would look very different. Yellow green leaves are bursting out everywhere, and the muddy path is at last starting to dry up. Eleventh in a month series of drawings. Ink and watercolour, 31 x 21cm.

Friday, 22 April 2016

Urban sketching at the Royal Academy

It's a cold, grey, damp Saturday, so it must be another USK London meeting! The priority on a day like this is to find somewhere out of the rain and wind, and then draw whatever's in front of you. Here are my drawings, both from the shelter of a doorway in the courtyard of the Royal Academy: one looking south to the roofline (that's not a early/late Christmas tree; just a bay tree that was in front of me), and the other towards the main entrance (still not a Christmas tree). Thanks to Katherine and James for organising the day, and to everyone who came along.

Ink and watercolour in Moleskine sketchbook, 42 x 13cm. Click the pictures to see the full width.

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Friday, 15 April 2016

Paris: Au Lapin Agile

Paris: Au Lapin Agile: the nightclub in Montmartre frequented by Picasso, Modigliani, Apollinaire, and Utrillo. Five years ago, I tried to draw this view, but it was a freezing cold day in the middle of winter, and I had to give up after a few lines. This time round, it's a bit warmer, so I return to exactly the same bench and start again. Ten minutes later, the white van parks in front of the building, and stays there for the rest of the afternoon. I might have to come back again in another five years... Ink and watercolour, 50 x 21cm.

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Paris: Square Louise Michel

Paris: Square Louise Michel, in front of Sacré-Coeur. There are a lot of steps up the church, so I'll use the excuse of "I have to draw this", and sit on the bench halfway up. Ink and watercolour, 50 x 21cm.

Monday, 11 April 2016

Paris: Square Laurent-Prache

A tiny garden in the shadow of the Abbey of St Germain des Pres. The green stone to the right is a memorial to the 11,000 children deported by the Nazis. In the centre, a portrait bust which looks ugly from the back. From the front, it's even more confusing: it's clearly a woman's head, but the label reads "Guillaume Apollinaire". After I finish the drawing, I go into the church, and find that the bust is a Picasso -- full story here:

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Paris: Notre Dame

Paris: Notre Dame. Tip for sketchers: The front (west end) of Notre Dame is far too busy to stand still, let alone sit and draw. But the round the back, it's almost deserted, and there are plenty of benches. Ink and watercolour, 50 x 21cm.

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Paris: Place de la République

The statue of Marianne; the base is covered in posters, flags, flowers, and candles in memory of the Paris attacks. A quick sketch, as it's getting late.

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Paris: Canal Saint Martin

Paris: Canal Saint Martin -- but there's no water! They're cleaning it and repairing the locks for the first time in fifteen years, so this is a rare view of the empty canal. See also…/Pistol-found-in-Paris-Canal-St…
Ink and watercolour, 50 x 21cm.

Sunday, 3 April 2016

Paris: Parc de Buttes Chaumont

At last, some sunshine, so spent the morning in this park carved out of a stone quarry. In the lake, an island linked to the "mainland" by a bridge designed by M. Eiffel, and topped with a Roman temple. Ink and watercolour, 50 x 21cm.

Friday, 1 April 2016

Paris: Square Gabriel Pierné

Some of the benches are designed to look like constructions of books, in reference to the area's literary history. Ink and watercolour, 50 x 21cm.

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Paris: Place de la Sorbonne

Every few minutes the view is blocked by groups of students entering and leaving; should have chosen my seat more carefully. Ink and watercolour, 50 x 21cm.

Monday, 28 March 2016

Paris: Jardin des Tuileries

Late afternoon; so cold now even the selfie-stick sellers have gone home. Ink and watercolour, 50 x 21cm.

Saturday, 26 March 2016

Paris: Place de l'Opera

Paris: Place de l'Opera. A cold grey afternoon. The busker tailors his songs to the passersby -- Where are you from? OK:
"Take me home, country roads
To the place I belong
Wolverhampton, mountain mamma
Take me home, country roads."

Ink and watercolour, 50 x 21cm.

Friday, 18 March 2016

Wednesday, 9 March 2016