Wednesday, 10 November 2021

St Mary Aldermary 14 December 21

Our next outing is to St Mary Aldermary, Watling St, London EC4M 9BW. Meet at 11 am, but the church is open and they are expecting us.

Nearest tubes are Mansion House, St Paul's, and Bank. Useful buses are 4, 21, 76, 141 but do check the most convenient route for you.

This is one of the Wren City Churches and is, unusually for Wren, in the Gothic style. The plasterwork on the ceilings is amazing. St Mary Aldermary's Wikipedia page is very informative.

The Church is currently home to the Moot Community who follow the Anglican monastic tradition.

There is a cafe with coffee and cakes and loos. The Church and cafe ask only that we patronise the cafe for our coffees and don't occupy the cafe seats to sketch at the expense of paying punters. There are plenty of pews!













Late arrivals from The Union Chapel but well worth waiting for:


From Sara Meidan












From Janet Perkins











Monday, 8 November 2021

Union Chapel Images Nov 21


We did manage to get inside the Union Chapel, so thank you Brett Pracownik for your help. Most artists took the opportunity of staying inside the chapel but some chose the stunning view from outside.

What an amazing building, both inside and outside.

There were about a dozen of us there and if I have missed anyone off please send me your work to janetat48ock@hotmail.com and I can post it on the next posting.

We will be moving to ventilated large indoor spaces now the weather is colder, suggestions to me or Sue.

The next outing is to St Mary Aldermary in the City, on Tuesday 14 December, more details in the next post, but save the date.

Meanwhile our drawings from the Union Chapel


From Alison Gardiner




Daniel Lloyd Morgan





Diane Umemoto



Janet Payne





Lindsay Topping






Maggie Pettigrew




Phoenix Wong



From Sue Lees



From Gill Steiner



From Tricia Sharpe






From Avis Dennis




Thursday, 14 October 2021

Tuesday 2 November, Union Chapel

Our next visit is to the Union Chapel in Islington. It is a nineteenth century Gothic revival Congregational Chapel, which is used as a music venue as well as being a functioning place of worship.

The address is 19b Compton Terrace, N1 2UN. Compton Terrace runs parallel with Upper Street separated by a strip of community garden. The nearest tube and overground station is Highbury and Islington and numerous buses run along Upper Street including the 4, 19, 30 and 43.

The Chapel staff are expecting us but the Chapel has proved difficult to access in the past, as it is short staffed and generally not open to the public in the working day. We meet at 11 am, Janet's number for the day is 07815 772857 and Sue's is 07975 864142, so do call if you can't find us. If you can be there on time this would probably help, as we may have to go in through the back.

There is a community garden outside which is open to all and a good fall back if we find it difficult to get into the Chapel. We will update nearer the time. Upper Street is also full of people, activity and buildings!

During the summer we increased the numbers of outings to take advantage of the good weather and the easing of Covid restrictions. With the onset of Autumn we aim to seek out more covered but not enclosed venues and to go out once a month on a Tuesday. 


Sunday, 10 October 2021

October 5th 2021: Visit to the West Highgate Cemetery

 A dozen artists came to the Western Highgate Cemetery on a day which was supposed to be dry but which developed rain clouds and rain around lunchtime.  Despite this downpour, some hardy types made it through to the afternoon.  We had a fascinating and fruitful day steeped in antiquity.  Most people focussed in on the amazing and unique architecture, of mixed historical styles cheek by jowl, but some took in the heavy tree cover (and the trees are immensely tall), and some were attracted by angels and the lion!   

One artist couldn't make it and sent in an image from another cemetery, New Southgate, perhaps we should go there another time. 

See below what we made of it.

Image below by Cathy Burkinshaw


Image below by Avis Dennis


Images below by Janet Payne




Images below by Gafung Wong






Image below by Christian Cook




Images below by Daniel Lloyd-Morgan
Images below by Sue Lees



Image below by Diane Umemoto


Image below by Alison Sandifer


Image below by Alison Gardiner



Images below by Maggie Pettigrew, who was captivated by the tomb of the Menagerist, George Wombwell, 1777 - 1850, as well as by a herald angel. 



Reflective angel below by Peter Hassell


Image below by Tricia Sharpe, of an angel in New Southgate Cemetery

Tricia sent in the following comments as well: "The cemetery is now called New Southgate but it was The Great Northern Cemetery that was built in the 1850s when the central London cemeteries were closed. The dead were brought from Kings Cross on special trains that ran to what is now New Southgate station and then on a spur line to the cemetery. The cemetery is still in use – it has a crematorium now of course, a Jewish section, and Greek Orthdox etc, and is the resting place of a leader of the Ba’hai faith that is a point of pilgrimage.

 

It has its full complement of angels etc as you will see from my pic. This is on a re-purposed painting – and the weird dark terracotta shape leaning on the right is a memorial stone next to the angel that was falling over. I tried to hint at the tree behind with the blue shaped leaves."




Details of our next sketching day in November will be published shortly.














Sunday, 26 September 2021

Highgate East Cemetery

It was a really lovely autumn day when we ventured to Highgate East Cemetery, with dappled autumn sunlight through the trees. Seven artists attended and we all worked hard. This is not the easiest venue to get to but we managed it.

But no-one painted or drew the cemetery's most famous resident Karl Marx!

We took picnics and had a chatty lunch in adjacent Waterlow Park before returning for the afternoon session. 

Don't forget Tuesday 5 October 11 am at Highgate West Cemetery which is the really spooky one. We are trying to get in one more outdoor venue before the glorious weather changes.

Below pics from

Sue Lees


   








Feroz Antia













Janet Payne










Vanessa Whinney




Gafung Wong



Gill Steiner