But then again, it might just've been the wind.
Tuesday, 5 May 2015
But then again, it might just've been the wind.
Sunday, 3 May 2015
It's FREE and there's no need to book a place - just turn up on the day!
It will be my special pleasure to introduce people who have not been before to a place which has endless opportunities for sketching. It's certainly one of my absolute favourite places for a day's sketching! You'll see some of pen and ink and coloured pencils below.
|Syon Vista by Katherine Tyrrell|
This is from the Palm House looking down Syon Vista (very wide grass path) to the River Thames
- overlooking Syon House on the other side of the river.
© Katherine Tyrrell
WHEN: Saturday 16th May 2015 (The gardens are open from 10am if you want to get there early)
ENTRANCE FEE: £15 per adult (£14 if purchased online) and Free if you are a Friend.
START: 11:00am at the Terrace outside the Cafe at the Entrance (just to the right of the ticket gate) - introduction to those new to urban sketching and tips re. Kew Gardens
LUNCH: 1:30pm at The Orangery - share our sketches, group photo - and time for lunch. The Orangery has hot and cold food from Peyton & Byrne and tables and chairs to sit and eat at.
END: 3:30pm - in front of the Palm House (Lake side) - share our sketches + another group photo to add to the collection!
TRAVEL: Kew Gardens Station - Underground: District Line to Richmond | North London Line to Richmond. For other lines see the map below
MAP: Kew Gardens Maps and Gates (download for free)
Organiser: Katherine Tyrrell (do please leave any queries as comments on this post - or post them on the Facebook Event Page and I'll do my best to answer them)
|Download the Getting to Kew Gardens Transport Map, |
also showing gate locations
Things to do and see and sketchThere's absolutely masses to see and sketch at Kew Gardens which is HUGE! If you've never been before, a little bit of research before you go really pays dividends at Kew Gardens.
You can see some of the sights of Kew on this Kew Gardens Spring Slideshow
I've identified all the key features on a Google Map and annotated it for this Sketchcrawl. Just click the link to access it - and then click the icons to find out what they represent.
Click the icon second from right on top line to see it full size on your screen. Use the +/- signs to get the scale right.
When I've got a minute, I'll add a few more in....
Buildings and Structures
|Kew Palace by Katherine Tyrrell|
(see Liz Steel and Borromini at Kew Palace)
© Katherine Tyrrell
The main buildings which people might want to sketch appear as a "yellow house" on the map. They include:
- The Palm House - absolutely amazing building both inside and out. Try going up the steps to see the view of the palms from above! Great view of it from the other side of the Lake
- The Temperate House - currently closed for restoration. Views of it will depend on the nature of the building works at present
- The Princess of Wales Conservatory - lots of triangular angles! I like the inside best. (near the Orangery)
- The Alpine House - cute and perfectly formed greenhouse (near the Orangery)
- Kew Palace - lots of traditional architecture to sketch her - and good for before or after lunch as very close to the Orangery
- Chokushi Mon - the Japanese Gateway - set in a formal Japanese Garden. Not visited as much as some other parts of the garden and usually very peaceful.
- The Orangery is Grade I listed and is Kew's only original plant house which still survives - although now used as a cafe and where we will meet for lunch (on the terrace if the weather is fine)
A couple of structures which are also definitely worth a look are:
- The Treetop Walkway - you can get amazing views of the Temperate House and the tops of the trees
- The Sackler Crossing - across the main lake
|Pagoda Vista © Katherine Tyrrell|
This was originally done on mat board cut to postcard size and was posted to a lady who lives in the USA!
Then there are the Vistas! These are marked on blue on the Google Map. The main ones are:
- Pagoda Vista - very probably one of those views which says "This is Kew".
- Cedar Vista - this runs from the Pagoda down to the Thames
- Syon Vista - see the top sketch for the view from the Palm House down Syon Vista
- Syon Overlook - looking down the River Thames towards Richmond and across the Thames to Syon House.
|The Thames at Kew from Syon Overlook by Katherine Tyrrell|
© Katherine Tyrrell
People who are wondering about how to sketch the big old trees at Kew may get some inspiration from the Exhibition: Kew's Heritage Trees by Masumi Yamanaka at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art (see map).
Sunday, 26 April 2015
We were sketching in the area around St Paul's Cathedral and down to the north bank of the Thames - next to the Millennium Bridge - see TODAY is "Let's Draw St Paul's to the Thames" and the map created in Google Maps/Drive of the area and key places
I think this location will become a regular feature of our sketchcrawls in future years!
This is a photograph of one venue which blew people away with the views!
|Sketching after lunch from the Roof Terrace of One New Change|
|Roof terrace at 1 New Change by Daniel Lloyd-Morgan|
Yet again we saw several new people join the group of London Urban Sketchers. Please note there is absolutely no requirement to live and work in London to join the group.
A warm welcome is extended anybody who likes drawing London - and this month we welcome:
From outside London
- Marissa Lee Swinghammer - living in Oxford since February, late of Boston, Massachusetts
- Chuck Stull from Kalamazoo Michigan, currently on sabbatical in Oxford.
- Sue Smith from Cambridge
- Laura Moore - from I'm not quite sure where but I think it might be the Herts/Essex borders!
- Debbie Eyre from the Birmingham Urban Sketchers
- Sue Thurlow - from London
- Homephoenix Wong - from London
- Chatelle Jeram, living in Hackney, East London. Just moved to the UK this month.
- Rosaline Darby from Long Ditton in Surrey (only just outside London!)
- John Swanson from Twickenham
- Jo Coombes from Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey
Do please let us know if you are new and where you come from - we're always pleased to see new faces and to link up with you. You can leave a comment at the end of this post.....
On a practical note, we've certainly noticed that emphasising that:
- the "Let's Draw" event is FREE; and
- there's no need to book
However it would be great to also get some feedback about the maps. The use of a map link embedded in the notice of the "Let's Draw" even seems to be working quite well - for all those with smartphones. I think maybe we need to think about creating a downloadable pdf for those with no phone but access to a printer. This saves organisers from having to personally cut down trees to print off maps ;) - but more to the point means that when the organiser's printer has decided not to work(!!) we still have a way of getting the "where is everything" out to people.
Some photos from the dayI'm going to show you in this blog post how much easier it is for me to include your sketches if you tweet them!
Here's kickoff under cover at the top of the steps in front of St Paul's and that's me up on the little ledge so people could hear me more clearly over the noise of the traffic and the tourists.
London's urban sketchers gather at St Paul's. #urbansketchers #sketchcrawl pic.twitter.com/Gx21A03BJ5
— UrbanSketchersLondon (@UrbSketchLondon) April 25, 2015
Here we all are at lunchtime
|London Urban Sketchers on the Roof Terrace of One New Change at lunchtime|
Saturday, 25 April 2015
The weather forecast is for light rain late in the afternoon but otherwise sunny intervals should prevail.
Tweet your sketches with the hashtag #usklondon and we'll try and retweet them via the Urban Sketchers London Twitter account.
|St Paul's Cathedral |
and the bronze statue to the firemen that saved it during the blitz in WW2
- Dry: on the Roof Terrace of One New Change - we want a group pic with the roof of St. Paul's in the background if possible!
- Wet: in the lobby area of One New Change near where the lift is to go to the roof terrace
- St Paul's (Central Line);
- Blackfriars and Mansion House (District and Circle Lines)
|The North Bank of the Thames from the Millennium Bridge|
This is the https://www.flickr.com/groups/usklondon-grouppool/ where you can post your sketches of today:
- after you have posted them to your own Flickr account
- after your application for membership of the Urban Sketchers London Flickr Group has been approved. The review of your application for membership depends on the sketches on your own account. You don't have to be really good at sketching but your sketches do need to conform to our rules - see below
Rules for posting to the Urban Sketchers London Flickr Group
All drawings posted to the group were drawn on location IN LONDON, not from photos or memory. Your membership will be terminated if you repeatedly post sketches of places other than London.
• The location of the sketch IN LONDON is always included in the headline or caption or the image is located on your public Flickr map.
*The only photos which can be posted to the Group MUST relate to Urban Sketchers London Sketchcrawls - on the date of the sketchcrawl
• No sketches from figure drawing sessions or posed models will be posted to the Group Pool
* No objects or figures without a location context which is a place in London will be posted to the Group Pool (ie sketches of people in locations are OK; sketches of people in isolation are not)
Friday, 24 April 2015
It's actually too hot today to sit in the sun, so I sit in the shade, my back to a tree.
It's only at the end of the morning I realise that my subject has not been trees or parkscape, it's been shadow.
|Clissold Park - charcoal, inks 42 x 29cm|
|Clissold Park - charcoal 42 x 29cm|
Wednesday, 22 April 2015
Walking around South bank with a friend on Monday we stopped a couple of times to draw - the first time was spurred by the many building cranes along the north bank. I noticed the great amount of trees along the north bank - still not green.
In doing the second view, we were amidst the people enjoying a warm Monday afternoon after work, the buzz and activity is only possible in London. It was impossible to get anything but either water or pimms at the roof top bar we were sat at. Water it was.
A great setting, Royal Festival Hall, London Eye, with Houses of Parliament beyond, Big Ben, Hungerford Bridge, the Thames
Tuesday, 21 April 2015
This lovely little piece of Wren is tucked away in-between King William Street and Cannon Street. I can't believe I didn't want to draw it before. This church is also home to an outfit called Friends of the City Churches. Anyway, pretty it may not be but wacky it certainly is.