Amsterdam

April 22nd, 2016

A beautiful sunny day in Amsterdam. Arriving at Amsterdam Central Station I walked towards the Central Library to get a good view of St Nicholas Basilica. Often I draw in my small sketchbook first. I can play around with composition quickly with a few marks. If I don’t have a  time limit I can start off a bit tight and generally my drawings loosen up the more I do. It’s always busy in the area with commuters and tourists arriving and departing. Also the cyclists, trams, buses and cars passing by. Afterwards I followed the trail of tourists towards Dam Square. Had planned to visit De Nieuwe Kerk and perhaps visit the current exhibition but sketched the fun fair instead.

Leiden Rooftops

April 22nd, 2016
I’m always on the look out for a good view. I recently parked in a multi storey car park close to Leiden market and loved the view from the top. I decided to return when I had the opportunity. It was a windy day so I made sure I brought my cap as well as my trusted water colour pens and pastels. I have a slight fear of heights and although not very close to the edge I felt giddy arching my head to look at the buildings and people below. Here are a few of the drawings I did. I distorted some of the perspective on a couple of the drawings. That’s one of the best things about drawing on location.

Leiden

March 7th, 2016

Markets are great places to draw. On a busy day it’s not always easy getting your sketchbook and pens out when there are so many keen shoppers. However I managed to sit outside a cafe and draw the visitors to the flower stall opposite.

Den Hague

February 7th, 2016

Had a lovely time in Den Haag.  Met a Girl with a Pearl Earring and a Goldfinch (at the Mauritshuis). We enjoyed a coffee at a new coffee shop/library on Noordeinde. So cool it doesn’t have a name . . .yet!

Enjoyed sketching the interior. Loved the colourful orning, lighting, 60’s record player and old school side tables and arm chairs. Unfortunately became so engrossed in my drawing that my coffee went cold. (not the first time nor the last!)

Rotterdam Cafe

February 1st, 2016

Enjoyed a lovely Saturday with friends followed by a relaxing cafe latte and apple cake at brasserie Dudok in Rotterdam. I do like sketching in cafes. Great people watching and observing the cafe interior.
Although it’s not so easy now with a 6 month old baby!

Urban Sketchers

January 26th, 2016

Great to be included as a guest blogger on the Urban sketchers website. I’ve included a few of my Brighton drawings.

http://www.urbansketchers.org/2016/01/beside-seaside-in-brighton.html

Walk in the countryside

January 13th, 2016

Travellers on the ferry

January 5th, 2016

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.

A man stretched out next to me which initially I found quite irritating. Who wants a strangers stinky feet next to you! But then I took the opportunity to draw as he was fast asleep. 

Baby time

January 5th, 2016

Happy New Year!

It’s been a busy time over the past 6 months. I’ve had my hands full with my daughter, Olivia. When she lets me I squeeze in a few drawings. Babies (and cats) aren’t good at keeping still but it’s fun trying to draw them.

Royal Sussex County Hospital

July 19th, 2015

It’s been an eventful couple of weeks. A visit to the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton resulted in a couple of sketches. Fantastic view from the 12th floor . . .

and most importantly the birth of my baby girl -  Olivia Krop Clark!