I spent my birthday sketching in Covent Garden. I had lunch in Chinatown, Portuguese custard tarts (the best outside Portugal!) and coffee in Soho, and browsed art material in L.Cornelissen and Son. Very much my kind of birthday. It was a beautiful but cold day. I sat in the piazza outside Apple Market and sketched the giant baubles and mistletoe until I couldn’t feel my fingers and toes.
Hari and I went to Cambridge to see a comedy show last Friday. We stayed overnight and went out for a lovely breakfast on Saturday morning. It started out as a sunny but chilly morning, but that didn’t last very long. By the time we left the cafe, it was raining – storm Arwen was approaching Cambridge! It wasn’t possible to sketch outdoors, so we decided to take refuge in another cafe overlooking Market Square. The market was in full…
London urban sketchers met up in the Design Muesum on Kensington High Street in November. I decided to brave the gloomy weather and sketch out doors in the nearby Holland Park. Kyoto Garden, opened in 1991, was a gift from the city of Kyoto to celebrate the long standing friendship between Japan and Great Britain.
I came across a photo on Twitter, taken by Ian Rankin, the renowned Scottish crime novelist. It’s the view of Edinburgh Castle from Vennel Steps. When I visit my sister in Edinburgh, I always try and fit in a day for sketching in the city – this view was my focus this time. I managed to get there around 3pm which meant I only had about 2 hours before it started to get dark. So this had to be a quick…
Word on the Water is a book barge, moored on Regent Canal behind King’s Cross Station. It’s packed full of books with a blazing fire inside, around which you can just sit and read.
Lovely views of Covent Garden, looking out from the top floor of the Royal Opera House
The Japanese Pagoda in the distance, looking out from the Temperate House
Tate Modern, London
I spent a restful week in Scotland with my brother, sister and her family. Long walks along sandy beaches, thick pine forests and of course some sketching. We stayed in a small cottage in Angus, Aberdeenshire for a few days. On the first morning, I decided to do some exploring to find a view to sketch – Big skies and rolling hills with farmland was interspersed with occasional wind turbines. Giles, the farmer whose land I was sketching from, was…
Another fun urban sketching meet up, this time, in historic Oxford. So much to see and sketch, so little time! Oxford Urban Sketchers welcomed ~15 sketchers from London, Manchester and Leeds. It was as fun as it was exhausting, and we had glorious weather most of the weekend. Martyrs’ Memorial on St Gile’s Radcliffe Camera The Bridge of Sighs St. Barnabas church tower in Jericho