Lewes drawings

July 31st, 2013

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!

Amsterdam cafe

May 25th, 2013

I’ve been proofing a new cafe scene. I’ve printed a few cafe interiors but I felt I really wanted to do a larger linocut of my favourite Amsterdam cafe. I’ve spent many hours here chatting, drinking and eating cake. I love the central wall with all the colourful posters.

Amsterdam Central Library

January 4th, 2012

Not quite so windy today. Started off at Princes Island. I love this area of Amsterdam. So much character with converted warehouses, pretty bridges and boats on the canal. Sketched quickly before a downpour of rain. I wasn’t feeling particularly inspired to draw but I sat down on a bench and looked ahead of me. I love sketching because it makes you look and you start noticing things that you would normally overlook. When I started drawing I sketched the houses and then noticed a heron and a coot. Then a pigeon appeared. Not very prominent in my drawing as I dashed off to take cover. Will return.

Rain subsided and sketched towards the station.

Then walked to the central library. Laptop in bag too and took a few breaks to draw. I sat in the library cafe on the top floor. There’s a  bar near the food area and so I sat on a stall with a coffee, listened to Goldfrapp on my ipod and sketched the food on display and the visitors. A few people even ducked when they saw me sketching as they didn’t want to get in the way!  I enjoyed sketching the rows of milkshakes with straws and the surrounding fresh fruit.

The library and cafe was really busy today. I quickly sketched a group of students reading on a table. As soon as I started drawing, half of the party got up and left so I drew from memory.

Cafe de Jaaren

January 10th, 2011

Every trip to Amsterdam involves drinking coffee or beer (or both). Café De Jaren is one of my favourite cafes. It’s open plan, bright and brilliant for people watching, reading, drinking and eating cake. One day I will draw a cake with coffee but unfortunately the cake is always demolished before I can put pen to paper.