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!
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, 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.
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.
Italian Renaissance drawings at the British Gallery is nearing the end (closes 25th July 2010) It shows 100 drawings including works by Leonardo da VInci, Boticelli, Raphael and Michelangelo.
Stunning drawings and etchings. Well worth a visit if you’re not planning on going to Florance or Rome this year!
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.