Last year I did lots of sketching of people and places along the Sydenham Artists Trail which is run as part of the Sydenham Arts Festival and showcases many talented artists and crafts people living in this part of south east London. So it was very exciting to be asked this year if I’d like to be an ‘Artist in residence’ at one of the venues.
The venue was the Alexandra Nurseries, a small garden centre very close to where I live and somewhere I knew would provide lots of material for sketches.
It’s an unashamedly pretty place where flowers and plants are packed in and is very popular as a place to stop for coffee and cake even if you have no interest in gardening.
The building used to be the Estate House for the nearby Alexandra Cottages which were built between 1866 -88.
The drawings here took about 14 hours spread over two sunny July weekends.