Here are a few more Lewes drawings. Some of which will be on show during the Lewes Artwave which starts on Friday.
I do circuit training every week. A group of us jog to different areas in Lewes and do circuits there. One favourite spot is the Paddock. Running up and down the hill I started to appreciate the wonderful view up to the castle. I returned when it happened to be a school lunch break so included the students hanging out and playing football.
There’s only a few weeks until the start of Lewes Artwave. I’m taking part again this year, showing work at my studio at Pastorale Antiques. I’ll also have work on show at the St Annes Gallery. Over the coming weeks I’ll be posting drawings that I’ve been doing around town. Always like drawing in cafes so what better place to start than Bills!
I recently visited Eastbourne to see the Lyons print exhibition at the Towner Gallery. It’s fantastic! I could have stayed all morning looking at the wonderful post war lithographs. My favourites include an Edwin Ladell’s Hastings Lithograph, Jon Mintons ‘Apple Orchard’ and Carel Weights ‘ Albert Bridge’. The exhibition also shows the proof stages of some of the prints which is interesting.
Afterwards I popped in to see Emma Mason at her gallery shop around the corner. Always a great collection prints from postwar to present day.
Then relaxed on the beach and fitted in a few sketches
I’m taking part in the Summer Show at Rye Art Gallery. It’s on now and runs until September 1st. I did this sketch after I dropped off my prints at the gallery. Not ideal weather for sketching but fitted in a quick drawing whilst having a cup of coffee.
Afterwards I stopped off in Hastings to drop off my cards at the Jerwood Gallery and sketched on the beach.
I’ll be exhibiting three prints (including new linocut shown) at the Artist’s United show, the Foundry, North Sttreet, Lewes. Many local artists will be taking part in support of Lewes Football Club. The exhibition runs from Friday 5th until Sunday 7th July. Please come along if you can.
Spent a couple of days in Gent following a wonderful wedding in Holland. Still beautiful sunshine. ( In sharp contrast to my last visit 4 years ago when it poured down with rain – see ‘Belgium’) Stopped off for a morning coffee at friendly and relaxed cafe OR. Magazines and papers to hand however my flemish isn’t too good so I stuck to sketching. The front of the cafe has large open windows with benches outside to sit. Sketched the view on the street with people sitting out on the pavement drinking coffee and passing traffic. Headed down through the shopping area to St Nicholas church, one of the oldest churches in the city. A new development has been built nearby including a modern wooden Market Hall. Very striking.
Good to have a rest in the heat at the green meeting area. Whilst I was sketching a little girl (about 3 years old) came upto me and gave me a red paper heart So sweet! Then later a student came over and offered me a strawberry to have a look at my drawing. Very friendly!
I was spotted by Aki. A fellow sketcher from Japan. He came over to greet me and have a look at my drawings. He took a couple of photos so I did the same. This my favourite drawing in his sketch book. Time flew, sitting outside by the river people watching whilst sipping Belgium beer. A great trip!
Drove up to Bristol and stopped off in Bath. Glorious weather! It wasn’t as busy as it had been when I last visited which was a pleasant surprise. Saw the Roman baths and wandered around the city. Stopping off to get pastries and walked to the famous Royal Crescent. Time for a break at the park. Lots of students hanging out post exams. Volleyball, frisbee and even a group singing along to a guy strumming his guitar. Very tuneful! Could have stayed here all afternoon but time to head to Bristol.
Had a few hours to spend in the city. I had never visited previously and wanted to make the most of my time here. Walked around the harbour area. The wind really picked up and struggled to hold the paper down to draw the boats and warehouses. St Mary Redcliffe church and The Redcliffe parade of pretty houses caught my eye.
Headed to the shopping area and then to University Park passing Banksys ‘Well Hung Lover’. Walked up Park Street to Brandon Hill. Sat beneath Cabot tower, an ideal spot for taking the weight off my feet and looking at the beautiful Georgian houses on the hill and across the Bristol skyline.
Then headed home hoping to beat rush hour (without success) Hope to return soon.