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.
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.
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
The iconic Seven Dials pillar stands at the centre of where 7 streets meet, but did you know the pillar depicts only 6 sun dials? Read more about the intriguing history of Seven Dials here.
After missing out on the first two live USk London sketch crawls, I finally made it to the Spetember edit at Ealing Broadway and Pitzhanger Manor. The side order of sun we ordered didn’t arrive until later in the afternoon, but it turned out to be a lovely day of sketching and catching up with so many talented sketchers. It’s been a long time coming!
This classic circus tent pitched up in a local field was too lovely not to sketch. It took me a couple of weeks to pluck up the courage to go and sketch it. As I walked around to find a good view, I got a few weird looks from the guys at the ticket booth and one came out and asked me if he could help in anyway. When I explained that I meant no harm and just wanted to…
St Dunstan in the East The Shipwrights Arms on Tooley Street Tower of London from across the river at Potter’s Field Keat’s statue at Guy’s, and Elsey & Bent stall on Borough Market