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.