Monday, 29 April 2019

We drew Croydon - April 2019

The cold, blustery weather wasn’t the best for drawing on location on Saturday, so it was great to see so many people turn out for our April sketchcrawl in Croydon. Lots of ‘regulars’ and a few new faces. The photograph above is from lunchtime when we met at Box Park, a food and entertainment venue constructed from metal containers.

Below are some of the drawings from the day plus a photograph from the final meet up point at Matthews Yard.  There are more sketches on the Facebook group page - please share yours if you came along! 

Next month we are off to the very pretty location of  Dulwich Village.

Croydon Clocktower and Town Hall by Adam
St. Michaels Church by Nicky
Surrey Street Market watercolour from Evie
Checking out the sketches at lunchtime
Box Park by Isabel
One Croydon by Liz
At Matthew Yard at the end of the day



Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Drawing a house and visiting it a year later

(Olga Mackness writes)
I like Greenwich and I think this is one of the best areas in London for drawing Victorian architecture. I have sketched this view near Greenwich station - and did not even know the name of the road in my sketch. I just liked this street because it looks almost exactly like 100 years ago. Small terraced cottages - together with some bigger 3 storey houses, old chimneys, old roof tiles.
Since drawing this street, few month later I have met a new friend - and she invited me for Easter lunch in her house.
She has given me her address - and only on approaching I realised that this is the same street!
The one I liked so much!
And now I am able to visit one of the houses, meet the people, who live there.
How lucky and how interesting.
This is the photo of the street taken on Easter Day
Different weather and different light.
Hope to return for more sketching there - spotted interesting looking pub and some old school buildings.


Thursday, 18 April 2019

Let's draw Dulwich Village - Saturday 11 May 2019

In May we explore Dulwich Village in South London.  Dulwich Picture Gallery was founded in 1811, as England’s first purpose-built public picture gallery, designed by Sir John Soane.  There are many other interesting buildings – some beautiful Georgian houses, the Old Grammar School, churches, a big old pub, some alms houses - set in a leafy environment.  Dulwich Park offers other sketching opportunities. 

The day is free of charge, no need to book, just turn up with your art kit.  A portable stool could be useful at this location.

Key times and meeting points for the day:

11am: Meet at Dulwich Picture Gallery, in or near the café (see photograph above)

1pm: Meet at the same place at Dulwich Picture Gallery to look at drawings done so far.

3.30pm: Meet at the Crown and Greyhound pub, Dulwich Village (see photograph below) to look at drawings done, and take group photographs.  We may use the tables in front of the pub, or inside if the weather is not good.

Options for drawing include:

Dulwich Picture Gallery: Dulwich Picture Gallery was founded in 1811, as England’s first purpose-built public picture gallery, designed by Sir John Soane.  Normally there is an admission charge, but on this date it is free of charge to mark the opening of the Dulwich Festival.  The Dulwich Picture Gallery collection includes works by Rembrandt, Poussin, Rubens and Canaletto.  There will be on temporary display at the Gallery, Camille Pissarro’s 1871 painting of Dulwich College.  The college is a private school about twenty minutes’ walk away.

Adjoining Dulwich Picture Gallery are old almshouses, a church Christ’s Chapel of God’s Gift, and across Gallery Road, the Old Grammar School.

Dulwich Park is an extensive park with a lake, and a variety of planting styles and trees, a café and sports activities.  Rhododendrons in the American gardens offer bold colour at this time of year.  There are large maps of the park displayed inside each entrance.
Dulwich Village has attractive street scenes, small shops, houses, and schools. 
There are some notable Georgian houses including Bell House, College Road, which is a community owned building likely to be holding a public exhibition.
Our visit coincides with the opening weekend of the Dulwich Festival, which runs from 10 to 19 May 2019.  There will be a programme of events which includes many Artists’ Open Houses; more information on their website.
If the weather is wet, options include drawing inside Dulwich Picture Gallery, the extensive traditional interiors of the Crown and Greyhound pub, and inside cafes.  The Artists’ Open Houses of the Dulwich Festival offer other indoor opportunities.
Practical information
Nearest stations are North Dulwich (on a line from London Bridge) and West Dulwich (on a line from Victoria).  Both are national rail, Zone 3.  Alternatively, take the Victoria line to Brixton and catch the P4 bus which stops near Dulwich Picture Gallery.  There is useful information about transport on the Dulwich Picture Gallery website, and the Transport for London website.  Dulwich Village has a variety of cafes and pubs.  Other food shops are 20-30 minutes away; those on a restricted budget could bring a packed lunch.  There are toilets in the Gallery, the park and the cafes.
This day is run by Jo Dungey and Rachel Bone.  The photographs and the watercolour of Dulwich Park are by Jo Dungey.


Call for applications: Sky Landscape Artist of the Year 2019

A message from Helen Scholes, producer

Sky Landscape Artist of the Year

I am part of the production team of Sky Arts’ Landscape Artist of the Year 2019 competition. We are currently looking for artists to take part in the new series. I am hoping this will be of interest to your community of artists.

Every year we try and reach out to as many artists and art students as possible to encourage people to apply. I’m getting in touch as we would be extremely grateful if you could let people know about the competition (and encourage them to enter).

Artists enter with a landscape artwork they have created within the last five years, via our website. If selected to take part in the competition they will then be given the opportunity to paint a specially chosen, stunning landscape within the UK.

The prize on offer is a £10,000 commission for a major British institution plus £500 worth of art materials from Cass Art.

The deadline for applying to the competition is 11th May 2019.

Our sister series Portrait Artist of the Year is currently airing on Tuesday evenings on Sky Arts.

I hope this will be of interest this year!

Helen Scholes
Producer | Landscape Artist of the Year
Storyvault Films Limited
Bridge Studios | 107a Hammersmith Bridge Road | London |W6 9DA
Tel: 020 8741 3929
Mob: 07774013617


Wednesday, 3 April 2019

We drew Spitalfields - March 2019

(Nicky Browne writes) The warm Spring sunshine shone on a very large crowd of Urban Sketchers when we met in Spitalfields to sketch on Saturday 30 March 2019.  Spitalfields is an area bursting with a wide range of subjects to draw.  These range from Nicholas Hawksmoor's Christ Church to the late Victorian Old Spitalfields Market, to the Georgian streets surrounding the area.  

Artists Tracy Emin and Gilbert & George have houses in Georgian Fournier Street, which leads down to Brick Lane. Tracy is reputed to drink at the exquisite Ten Bells on the corner of her street, but she stayed indoors while we were there. 

The market itself is wonderful for people watching on a Saturday. It is a vast warehouse of stalls selling food, clothes, jewellery, accessories and a wonderful hat stall presided over by a man in a top hat and a gold earring.

Sketchers produced a great range of portrayals of this fascinating area:

Our next meet-up will be on Saturday 27 April when we sketch in Croydon – details are elsewhere on this blog and we hope you will join us.

Photographs are by Nicky Browne and Helen Hayhoe.