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.

Vietnam cafe linoprint

I’ve just proofed a new linocut. I’ve referenced two drawings I made at a cafe in Hanoi. I wanted to bring together the best bits of each drawing. I really liked the patterns in the armchairs (looked quite Matissey to me) and the woman sitting by the window waiting for her friend to arrive. There was a musical theme evident with the many jazz records on the walls and an eye catching gramophone.


Really enjoyed sketching from the hotel balcony in Saigon. The balcony didn’t seem safe and I was high up so I sat indoors with the door open and light streaming in. Earlier the next morning at about 5am there were people doing  tai chi in the square. A little early to do another sketch though! Last day and we sat in a cafe and I sketched the traffic and passers by for an hour or so. Could have stayed here all day drinking coffee and sketching. An amazing trip. I’d love to return! I’ll be exhibiting many of these drawings and more at the St Annes Gallery, Lewes in September. Will be updating blog with more info soon.

Mekong Delta

Whilst in Saigon we took a trip to the Mekong Delta. Fascinating seeing life along the river. Great to weave around the floating markets and watch the local traders and sample the amazing fruit. Passed  rice paddies and fish farms and stopped off to watch the production of sugar cane sweets. I enjoyed sketching the traders and people preparing food.