Over the festive period I travelled on the ferry from Dunkirk to Dover. I generally enjoy the crossings as I find it relaxing and sometimes get the opportunity to sketch the passengers. On this occasion it was quite rough! Sketching was a welcome distraction.
Glorious day in Eastbourne yesterday. I visited the Towner gallery and saw the exhibition – A Radical View: William Gear as curator 1958-64. Wonderful paintings and prints on display from well known and less celebrated British artists selected by the painter William Gear. Particularly eye catching (for me) were Harold Mockford and Julian Trevelyan’s landscape paintings and Michael Rothenstein’s Cockerel print. It’s free and well worth visiting.
I also took the opportunity to drop off my cards at the Towner Gallery shop. I will have a new tennis card available at the Towner Gallery in time for the Eastbourne Tennis Championships commencing on June 20th so watch this space!
As the weather was so sunny I took a stroll along the seafront and promenade. Got my collapsible stool out, listened to music and had a sketch. I’ve bought some new Liquitex paint pens and experimented with stronger colour.
Spent a lovely few days in Devon. For most of my stay the weather was really good. Stayed in farm houses and enjoyed full English breakfasts most days. Missing them already! Beautiful countryside. Visited Exeter on the only rainy day but took the opportunity to have a coffee, draw the stunning cathedral, surrounding buildings and countryside. Lots of driving around winding roads. Stopped off in Lyme Regis, Beer, Branscombe, Topsham, Exmouth, Totnes, Dartmouth, Kingsbridge and Salcombe.
Visited Hastings and I stopped off and sat in Warrior Square gardens. I enjoyed drawing the surrounding buildings and gardeners with the Church of St Mary Magdelene in the background.
A lady turned up with bird feed and in seconds I tried to capture the seagull frenzy!
After visiting the Jerwood gallery and dropping off my cards, I saw the wonderful Scottish Art exhibition including paintings by Anne Redpath and John Bellany. I’ve been a fan of their work since studying at Edinburgh College of Art. There is also a great Edward Burra exhibition of showing his watercolours inspired by Rye and Hastings.
It was a lovely day so I took a walk into the old town and did some more sketching. St Clements Church looked very picturesque. A friendly passer by stopped to have a chat and it turned out she was from Leiden in the Netherlands!
I’ve been meaning to visit the Dela Warr Pavilion to see the Ladybird by Design exhibition since it opened at the end of January. Working in Children’s publishing it had to be a must see! Glorious sunshine over the past couple of days so drove to Bexhill on Sea. Curated by Lawrence Zeegan and accompanied with a book, it’s a fascinating step back in time. The exhibition focuses on Ladybird books from the ‘Golden Era’ – 1958 until 1973 with over 200 of the original illustrations on display. Ladybird books portrayed an idyllic childhood in a handy, affordable format. Often encouraging children to explore and experiment without health and safety getting in the way.
The books are separated into sections ‘Design’, ‘Early Learning’, ‘History and Achievements’, ‘Society and Public Services’, ‘Science and Hobbies’ and ‘Environments’. The latter a particular favourite showing wonderful ‘Shopping with Mother’ illustrations by Harry Wingfield from the late 50’s. There’s also the opportunity for visitors to sit down in the foyer and have a rifle through many of the books. A great exhibition and well worth a visit!