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.
First visit to a friends flat in Bermondsey. Amazing view! So glad I bought my landscape sketchbook. Before we headed to Borough market I did a quick sketch.
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!
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.