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 visited Rye Harbour in the Summer and stumbled upon a lovely gallery cafe called ‘ The Avocet Gallery’. I met Morgan and Peter who run the gallery and enjoyed wonderful tea and cake. They show the work of local artists and craftspeople. I will be taking part in the Christmas show exhibiting a small number of boat pastel pictures. The exhibition starts on the 29th and 30th November 10:30 – 4:30pm.
I really enjoy going to car boot sales and antiques shops. In the summer, there was an outdoor antiques fair in Firle near Lewes. It was a gloriously sunny day with lots of visitors. There was a great atmosphere with music, pizza, coffee and cake too. I enjoyed relaxing on the playing field and did a few v quick sketches. It was a really good view as I could sit behind the sellers. I worked one up into this linocut.
When I was last in Hastings, I did a few sketches of boats and fish. Then this crazy ‘magical’ still life caught my eye on the beach. I’m not sure who set it up, perhaps one of the fishermen? Anyway, I particularly liked the cows head that was made of paper mache. I made him a bit friendlier for my print as the original also included bulbous eyes and red paint for blood! I also changed a few other elements and added seagulls. One of whom is reflected in the mirror on the piano. I also printed it on brown paper to give it a recycled feel.
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.