Eastbourne

June 12th, 2015

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.

Farmyard animals

June 12th, 2015

I enjoy visiting Raystede animal sanctuary and Middle Farm near Lewes to draw the animals and sometimes the visitors. I must admit geese can be quite scary when they hiss but I do my best to be inconspicuous. They all seem to have their own personalities which I try to show in the drawings.

Devon

May 20th, 2015

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.

Hastings

May 11th, 2015

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!

http://www.jerwoodgallery.org/whatson/current

Hastings

April 16th, 2015

Drove along the coast in the sunshine. Arrived in Hastings and enjoyed sitting on the beach and sketching the boats and seagulls.

Bexhill on Sea

April 16th, 2015

Following the Ladybird by Design exhibition, I sat outside on the beach and enjoyed the view.

Ladybird by Design

April 16th, 2015

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!

Schipol airport

April 1st, 2015

Awaiting flight from Amsterdam to Gatwick. A fair mount of hanging around so took the opportunity to sketch the departure lounge and travellers.

Brighton Pavillion, seafront and town

February 26th, 2015

Brighton

February 17th, 2015

I was disappointed on Friday as the applications for the Royal Academy Summer exhibition had sold out before the deadline. The system has changed over the past couple of years and I should have looked into it sooner. So . . . despite photographing my work before the deadline, I couldn’t submit my work. Decided to go drawing in Brighton to get my mind off things. Weather wasn’t good and I was walking around to find somewhere indoors that caught my eye. I peeked into the window of  ‘Franco’s barbers’ and thought the interior looked interesting. I arched my head around the door and asked Franco, the owner if it would be OK to sketch. Very friendly so I sat down and did a number of drawings.  Here are a few. There was a steady flow of customers most of whom appeared to be regulars. Beards fashionable and enjoyed the conversation. I really liked the retro feel of the interior with the library wall paper above the picture rail, stags heads on the wall, old photographs and posters as well as the different hair products old and new.

More Brighton drawings to follow . . .