Jordaan, Amsterdam

April 28th, 2011

I was in the the Jordaan to have a look at the printmakers there. Squeezed in a couple of sketches.

Noordwijk beach

April 28th, 2011

Another beautiful day on Monday. Headed to Noordwijk beach. Enjoyed playing frisbee, reading and sketching the beach goers.

Hortus Botanicus, Leiden

April 24th, 2011

A friend invited me to do some sketching at the Hortus Botanicus in Leiden.  The botanical gardens are set back from Leiden university and it’s easy to walk by without knowing they exist.  I’m so glad I visited! The sun was out on friday and I soon discover that as well as home to many beautiful plants and flowers, it’s also a place where people meet and relax. When I wasn’t chatting and sipping coffee in the friendly cafe, I enjoyed sitting by the river and sketching anything that caught my eye from a family passing in a boat to sun bathers reading. I felt a little guilty not drawing more flowers so I made sure I incorporated some daffodils in my last sketch.

http://hortus.leidenuniv.nl/

Printing

April 17th, 2011

This week, I’ve been having fun printing colour linocuts at the Ink Spot Press, Brighton. I also proofed a new screen print.

I’m looking forward to taking part in the Brighton Open Houses which open in May. More info to follow. . .

Brighton Marathon

April 16th, 2011

It was such a beautiful day on sunday. After the usual stop off at Lewes car boot, I caught the train to Brighton. Had a great day! It was a fantastic atmosphere. So many people out in support of the runners. Before meeting friends, I went to the half way point as I spotted a runner dressed as a rhino and there was a band performing in a very cool silver bullet caravan. I leaned against the railing and watched, listened, sketched and enjoyed the sunshine. A cheer lifted from the promenade and I looked over my shoulder to see the kenyan winner racing to the finish line. Amazing!

Later, we stood near to the finish line and cheered everyone along. I felt quite emotional watching the runners. (Maybe the sun and shandy went to my head!)

Southwark

April 16th, 2011

Last weekend I went to pick up some art materials at Intaglio Printmaker. I stopped off at Borough Market briefly and walked away from the crowds and sketched the view towards Southwark church.