Monday, 19 August 2019

Next Sketch Date: Tuesday 17 September at Bonnington Square, Nr Vauxhall, SW8 1TO

Our next sketch day will be on Tuesday 17 September when we will be meeting at Bonnington Square, Kennington, SW8 1TO. We will meet at our usual time of 11 o'clock at the cafe, Italo, opposite the entrance to the Pleasure Garden in the Square. (There is nothing to stop enthusiasts starting earlier!) Bonnington Square is a true green oasis in the city, complete with actual palm trees. It is a charming Victorian Square with an exotic community garden, and the planting also encompasses part of the pavements. Trees and herbiage fill the square, producing lovely shadows on some of the rather pretty Victorian terrace houses. There is also the Harleyford Rd Garden which can be reached through an alley between the houses. More details here

The cafe has a loo!

The nearest tube station is Vauxhall, on the Victoria Line, and Bonnington Sq is about 3 mins walk from the station. You have to cross some of the vast roads around the station. Bonnington Sq can either be reached via the South Lambeth Road and Langley Lane or Harleyford Road, cut through the Harleyford Road Gardens.

Various photographs below were taken by your personal representative who went sketching there in June with the Cafe Sketchers, and was captivated by this unique garden Square, also a painting. The place is a delight with all the shadows thrown by the trees. There are quite a lot of seats around and opposite the cafe, and in the Pleasure Garden, but as always, we suggest you bring your own sketching stool so that you are free to paint wherever your muse suggests.

There is very little rain shelter in the square - we would survive a short light drizzle, but nothing more. So if the day turns out looking tempestuous, we will go to Brixton Village, two stops down the Victoria Line. Regular attendees will recall that Brixton Village was the second covered market we painted in when we went to Brixton Market last autumn, generally golden yellow in hue, and very paintable. Map is here  .  If the forecast for that week in September is generally bad, we will post an update on the blog a day or two before. If it suddenly looks bad on the day, ring us, tel number at the end of this post. If it starts to pour when we are set up in Bonnington Square, we will decamp.

 Sue's phone number for the day is 07975 864 142.


Friday, 16 August 2019

August Outing to Walton on the Naze

In the end four of us braved the early train from Liverpool Street for our seaside outing to Walton-on-the-Naze. The weather was perfect, no rain, not too hot, lovely sunshine and amazing cloud formations over the sea and the Essex flatlands. The train on the branch line to Walton was full of families with buckets and spades, sunscreen and wind breaks. We felt like the Famous Five but lacked Timmy the Dog.

The views from the top of the Naze Tower were stunning, right across to Harwich and Felixstowe. There were second world war fortifications that had found their way down to sea level from the top of the cliff, plenty of dog walkers, sea bathers, and great seascapes. We had an excellent picnic lunch underneath the Tower together with a celebratory seaside ice-cream. The home made buns were excellent.

We even did some work, see below.

Sunday, 11 August 2019

Walton on the Naze

Don't forget our summer outing to Walton on the Naze on Tuesday 13 August. Details further down the page on this blog.
Hope to see as many as possible there, and the weather should improve

Tuesday, 23 July 2019

One more picture for Woodberry Wetlands

One more splendid picture for our outing, unjustly overlooked last time by the blogger (me)

Monday, 22 July 2019

Our July outing was to the Woodberry Wetlands Centre near Manor Park. This is a wildlife centre and ex-reservoir, where there are plenty of birds, reeds, huge lake and great skies. Seven artists arrived at the Wetlands Centre and a further two (no names) were delayed by some other great locations on the way from the tube.

It was a lovely sunny day, perfect plein air weather and the waterside cafe provided a shady area under awnings with tables and chairs.

Don't forget Walton on the Naze on Tuesday 13 August



Monday, 1 July 2019

August outing to Walton on the Naze

We thought we should have a day at the seaside in August. An ambitious new venture, which should be great fun.
So Walton-on-the Naze it is, on Tuesday 13 August. The town's website is walton-on-the A Google search for images brings up some good pictures and there is of course a Wikipedia website.

Meet at the Naze Tower as it has good views. It is a 30 minute walk from the station along the sea front. There are also buses or the option of joining up to take a taxi.
Naze Tower, The Naze, Old Hall Lane, Walton-on-the Naze, Essex CO14 8LE. The Tower also has art exhibitions.
As the walk to the Tower is 30 mins it is probably best to meet at 1 pm for lunch at the Tower, this allows for artists to stop and sketch subjects along the way. There are obviously meet up opportunities on the train or on the platform on arrival.

Bring sketching stools and a packed lunch. We thought a lunchtime picnic under the Tower would be great, the Tower has a cafe providing teas but probably not lunch. Bring food to share, if you are feeling generous!!

For the very intrepid, bring bathing kit for a sea dip.

Aim for the 9:18 train from Liverpool Street, arriving 10:50, with one change at Frinton. The next train is 10:18. Return trains are about one an hour. A return ticket should cost about £20 less any discounts for railcards or Freedom passes, which enable the holder to travel free to the last Zone 6 station on the route to Walton-on-the Naze. Booking in advance is very possible. Please check the trains before travelling.

There is a useful map of Walton-on-the-Naze below. It shows the Tower and the Station in opposite corners.

Janet's number for the day is 07815 772857

Don't forget Woodberry Wetlands Tuesday 16 July, meet at 11 am. See previous post for July.