Eastbourne

Glorious day in Eastbourne yesterday. I visited the Towner gallery and saw the exhibition – A Radical View: William Gear as curator 1958-64. Wonderful paintings and prints on display from well known and less celebrated British artists selected by the painter William Gear. Particularly eye catching (for me) were Harold Mockford and Julian Trevelyan’s landscape paintings and Michael Rothenstein’s Cockerel print. It’s free and well worth visiting.

I also took the opportunity to drop off my cards at the Towner Gallery shop. I will have a new tennis card available at the Towner Gallery in time for the Eastbourne Tennis Championships commencing on June 20th so watch this space!

As the weather was so sunny I took a stroll along the seafront and promenade. Got my collapsible stool out, listened to music and had a sketch. I’ve bought some new Liquitex paint pens and experimented with stronger colour.

Eastbourne Tennis

I always enjoy visiting the Towner gallery when I’m in Eastbourne. I dropped off my cards (including my new Eastbourne card). Currently there’s a great exhibition: Designing the Everyday. Wonderful examples of Eric Ravillious designs for Wedgewood, Shell Posters and more recently the work of St Judes designers.

The Eastbourne tennis championships are on at Devonshire Park (next door).  I enjoyed relaxing in the sunshine and watching the tennis players. I thought it would be a challenge trying to capture their movements.

Eastbourne beach

I recently visited Eastbourne to see the Lyons print exhibition at the Towner Gallery. It’s fantastic! I could have stayed all morning looking at the wonderful post war lithographs. My favourites include an Edwin Ladell’s Hastings Lithograph, Jon Mintons ‘Apple Orchard’ and Carel Weights ‘ Albert Bridge’. The exhibition also shows the proof stages of some of the prints which is interesting.

www.townereastbourne.org.uk/exhibition/the-lyons-teashops-lithographs/

Afterwards I popped in to see Emma Mason at her gallery shop around the corner. Always a great collection prints from postwar to present day.

http://www.emmamason.co.uk/

Then relaxed on the beach and fitted in a few sketches

New drawings

Had a great time at the opening of Pastorale Christmas exhibition on Saturday. Thanks to everyone who made it. The show also runs next Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th December so please do stop by if you can.

I’ve been sorting through a few recent drawings and I’ve included them on my website. I did this small pastel and ink drawing when I last visited Eastbourne in the Summer. Please take a look

http://www.rachelclarkart.com/drawings.php

De la Warr Pavilion

Whilst at the De la Warr Pavilion, I sat in the lobby and enjoyed sketching people walking up and down the art deco staircase. Also sketched the visitors sitting and looking out to sea.

I’m pleased to report that the shop is now stocking my colour and black and white cards.

Barry Kirk at Emma Mason’s Gallery

I took a trip to Eastbourne to see Barry Kirks prints at Emma Mason’s gallery. It was the opening day and wonderful to see his etchings and lithographs from the 1950’s and 1960’s. Particularly like ‘Pleasance frying Tomatoes (2)’ and ‘kitchen sink’ etchings. Great to meet him, view a portfolio of his drawings and hear the stories behind his work. His drawings of children running and playing from the 50’s have so much energy and movement. Fantastic! The exhibition runs until May 12th.

http://www.emmamason.co.uk/

Hastings

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.