South Bank

There’s always so much going on at the South Bank. Every time I visit something different is going on. The British Film Institute is a popular meeting spot and it’s a good place for people watching too. With a cafe latte in one hand and a crayon in the other, I did a few sketches of visitors to the book stall. Also included are views from the Royal Festival Hall. Please see the ‘Drawings’ section on my website for larger drawings.

Borough Market

I enjoy visiting Borough market throughout the year. It’s impossible to visit without sampling food from at least one of the stalls. I generally can’t resist queuing up for a burger. There’s a great atmosphere as well as wonderful food and drink. It does get touristy but jostling through the crowds is all part of the experience. I’ve done a number of sketches here including bigger drawings that can be seen in the ‘Drawings’ section of my website. Whilst I was doing one of my larger drawings, an elderly lady came and sat next to me on a bench and gave me advice on how to use light. I don’t think she was overly impressed with my efforts!


At the weekend the plan was to hit the beach and enjoy the sun. Well, we did the former but the sun had other ideas. It did come out eventually but not when I did this drawing. The lifeguards had their hoods up and hands in their tracksuit bottoms. Not quite Baywatch! I also did this drawing on the pier and tried not to drop any art materials through the slats on the pier.

Emma Mason Prints

Whenever I go to The Towner Gallery in Eastbourne, I love to visit Emma Masons Print Shop. She shows original prints by British Printmakers from post war to the present day. Currently on show are prints by Bernard and Chloe Cheese. Lovely lithographs including town scenes and still life. I particularly like this monoprint.

Charleston Farmhouse

Charleston farmhouse, home of the Bloomsbury group, is one of my favourite places. I’ve been there a number of times and every time I go I notice something different. Each room of the house was decorated by artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant and includes painted furniture, textiles and quirky objects (check out the colander lamp shades!) Lovely garden too.
At Charleston farmhouse, there’s also an exhibition of Eric Ravillious Woodcuts (ends 30 August) which runs concurrently with an exhibition of his watercolours at The Towner Gallery in Eastbourne. It’s wonderful to see especially after driving around Sussex. You start seeing the landscape through his eyes.

Wimbledon Ladies final 2010

Strawberries and cream anyone?

I was fortunate to get a couple of tickets through the public ballot for the Ladies Wimbledon final. Had a great day! I’ve never been before despite living nearby. Corks were popping, cameras snapping and sun blazing. We made it onto Henman hill with a pint beforehand and I had a little sketch whilst watching a doubles match on the big screen.  There was a  great atmosphere on Centre Court. The final itself was a little one sided. Unsurprisingly Serena Williams won again. She’s amazing to watch. So powerful. Managed to sketch a little on centre court too. Was a bit fiddly getting the colours out and I was a little worried I might spill green ink all over my immaculate looking neighbour. Far too much white clothing to risk it so I stuck to my trusted black pen and moleskin. I’d love to go back and use colour!

The printed image in China from the 8th to the 21st centuries

I always enjoy visiting the Drawing and Print room at the British Museum. The last Mexican print exhibition was really good and the new Chinese print exhibition doesn’t disappoint. There’s an interesting buddha wood block print which looks amazingly contemporary and dates from AD700. Prints ‘Chatting over tea’ 1984 and ‘Morning at the Huangpu River’ by Shao Keping (1962) are my highlights. See below.

Henry Rushbury at the Royal Academy

If you do have a chance to visit the Royal Academy to see the Summer exhibition, there’s a small exhibition of Henry Rushburys drawings, watercolours and etchings. I almost overlooked it but as soon as I walked in the Tennant Gallery, his drawings of cities and street life drew me in. Beautiful etchings and drawings! I was blown away by his draughtsmanship. I particularly like the image below entitled ‘Study for Forging a Big Gun, Sheffield, 1941.