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!


Ladybird by Design

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!


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 . . .

Life Drawing

I’ve always tried to keep up life drawing since graduating from Art College many years ago. Over the past couple of years as I draw outside I had a break. I decided to resume life drawing and pop along to the open access untutored class at the Paddock studios, Lewes. Very relaxed and friendly. I got my gouache paints out and enjoyed capturing the quick poses and slightly longer poses (upto 20 mins). I’ve always preferred drawing quickly as I don’t have time to think too much about what I’m doing. A bit like when I go sketching. Here’s a selection I’ve done over two evening classes.

Rye Harbour Christmas

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.


Jo Lamb and Rachel Clark exhibition

I will be having an exhibition at the St Annes Gallery, Lewes. Starts on Saturday (Sept 20th)  and runs until Sunday (28th). Jo Lamb and I will be showing drawings, prints and paintings on the theme ‘Travellers Tales’ I’ll be showing a selection of prints and drawings from my travels in Europe and Vietnam. Many of them featured on my blog. You’re very welcome to come along! More info at: