After visiting the De La Warr Pavilion I quickly stopped off in Hastings. Enjoyed walking in the old town and looking in the retro and antiques shops. Since the last time I was there, the West Hill Lift has opened so I had a ride up to the top of the cliffe and enjoyed the view. Sat and ate chips whilst doing a quick drawing of a pretty red boat before heading home.
At the weekend, I took a trip to the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill. Since it’s renovation five or so years ago, I’ve enjoyed visiting when I can. Love the art deco building and there are ongoing exhibitions and events. I caught the end of the Moving Portraits exhibition. It’s interesting viewing portraits as films instead of paintings. Work includes a film of David Beckham sleeping by Sam Taylor Wood. I don’t believe he’s asleep – no-one looks that good! Also a young Gilbert and George not doing very much and Robert Mapplethorpe’s portrait of Patti Smith. I liked seeing Andy Warhols screen tests from the 60’s.
I sketched outside and watched people arriving. There’s alot of construction work going on so I’ll come back to do a view from the beach.
I had a meeting on thursday morning in Kings Cross. Afterwards stopped off for a drink and sketched view outside cafe window. Then moved on to the newly renovated St Pancras Renaissance Hotel. It will be open to the public in May so I’ll visit again then. I did a quick sketch of the view towards the station and walked to the tube.
I spent a couple of hours in Rotterdam. As I didn’t have much time, I immediately walked towards the striking Erasmus bridge (aka The Swan). It was cloudy and also very windy on the bridge and after difficulties controlling flapping paper, I knelt down and drew in a more sheltered area . I sketched passing gulls, tow boats and barges.
I’m pleased to report that Castor and Pollux are now selling my screenprints and etchings! Castor and Pollux is a great gallery and bookstore situated under the arches on Brighton seafront.
If you would like to see a print and it’s not on display, please ask Mike to view more of my work.