Category: Pen and Ink

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.

Amsterdam pen and ink

I’m back in Amsterdam. Travelling lighter today and after window shopping on Kalverstraat, went for a coffee at a roof top cafe. Great view! Took out my moleskin and did a few line drawings of the roof tops and gothic style Nieuwe Kerk.

Afterwards walked towards Centraal Station. The weather took a turn for the worse so stopped off at the library. Enjoyed reading and sitting in a comfy pod sketching the view out the window.


Time for another trip to Amsterdam. I started out in the Jordaan area of Amsterdam and spotted a poffertjes stall in the market. I couldn’t pass without sampling these yummy, tiny, dutch pancakes covered in icing sugar.

In need of a coffee, I stopped off at a cafe nearby.

Next stop – Amsterdam public library. This is europes largest public library and opened in 2007. It’s fantastically modern and bright. I’ve never seen so many magazines and newspapers on display from around the world. You could easily spend all day here surfing the internet, browsing the books, mags and music. Can even stay for lunch and dinner and look out at the amazing view from the top of the building. I only stopped off for a couple of hours and  did a few quick sketches. Love the lighting. Will definitely return.

Lunch was followed by window shopping and more coffee!

Battersea Power Station

I took a detour before heading to the Tate Britain. Here are a couple of sketches I did.

Eadweard Muybrige is showing at the Tate. I’ve always found his photographs fascinating. I often try and capture movement in my drawings and I love how he freeze frames each stage of an animal or person moving. He was born in Kingston upon Thames and there’s a permanent exhibition on a much smaller scale at Kingston museum which is well worth a visit too. At the Tate, it’s also interesting to see his lesser known photographs of Yosemite Valley and panoramic views of San Fransisco taken in the 1850’s.

Wimbledon Ladies final 2010

Strawberries and cream anyone?

I was fortunate to get a couple of tickets through the public ballot for the Ladies Wimbledon final. Had a great day! I’ve never been before despite living nearby. Corks were popping, cameras snapping and sun blazing. We made it onto Henman hill with a pint beforehand and I had a little sketch whilst watching a doubles match on the big screen.  There was a  great atmosphere on Centre Court. The final itself was a little one sided. Unsurprisingly Serena Williams won again. She’s amazing to watch. So powerful. Managed to sketch a little on centre court too. Was a bit fiddly getting the colours out and I was a little worried I might spill green ink all over my immaculate looking neighbour. Far too much white clothing to risk it so I stuck to my trusted black pen and moleskin. I’d love to go back and use colour!