Before visiting the Van Gogh museum, I did a couple of drawings at the Leidseplein. It was freezing! My fingers and toes went numb. I even started to shake at one point (hence the wonky bike). This was clearly a sign to move indoors.

The  ‘Picasso in Paris’ exhibition at the Van Gogh museum opened today.


Surprisingly – No queues! The exhibition shows a selection of Picasso’s paintings from 1900-1907. It was a period when he moved to Paris and was clearly influenced by Toulouse Lautreque, Van Gogh and Gauguin. His most famous painting Self-portrait with a palette being the most memorable. Running alongside it is an exhibition ‘Stepping Out in Montmartre’ which includes famous posters by Toulouse Lautreque and Steinlen.  I particularly liked the lithographic illustrations for magazines and theatre programmes. There are a number of really nice etchings too by less well known artists such as Henri Evenepoel.

I felt inspired to do another drawing before heading home.

Amsterdam roof tops

I like a good panoramic view so I decided to return to the cafe with my pastels and inks.  I noticed the bar upstairs was closed and asked the waitress if she wouldn’t mind if I sketched there. She kindly said it was ok so I sat and did a few larger drawings. It was surprisingly hot. It felt like I was sitting in a green house! I squinted through the glass and sketched the roof tops and distinctive gabled buildings.

Amsterdam pen and ink

I’m back in Amsterdam. Travelling lighter today and after window shopping on Kalverstraat, went for a coffee at a roof top cafe. Great view! Took out my moleskin and did a few line drawings of the roof tops and gothic style Nieuwe Kerk.

Afterwards walked towards Centraal Station. The weather took a turn for the worse so stopped off at the library. Enjoyed reading and sitting in a comfy pod sketching the view out the window.


I walked toward the centre of Utrecht and sketched the view leading up to the Dom tower. Once there, I rested my pad against a railing (squeezing between parked bikes) and did a few drawings. There’s a good art shop nearby and just as I was about to pop in, three parked scooters caught my eye. I rummaged in my bag for a black, yellow and red pen and as soon as I did, three ladies turned up and hopped on the black, red and yellow scooters. Before they drove off I did this sketch.

Brighton Petanque (boules)

After a tasty full breakfast with a friend at Bills and visit to the Apple Store, I took a walk away from the crowds towards Hove. When I saw a group of people playing boules, I stopped and observed. I did have the urge to join in as I like a good game of boules (especially when it’s warm!)  I liked the concentration and the poses of the players. They stayed relatively still which was nice for a change too.

Lewes Rugby

Whilst walking across the Stanley Turner ground, Lewes, I caught the end of a rugby game. Lewes were playing Eastbourne and they won! My father was running the line and I stood nearby and did a few sketches. I like the kits and watching the crowd’s reaction to the game.  Some of the drawings were just random arms and legs. These are a few of the better ones. Really enjoy capturing the movement.  There were no scrums at my end of the pitch. Now that would be a challenge! ( . . .maybe next time)