We are very tempted to go back next time to the Horniman, as we feel that we have barely scratched the surface of subjects to paint, also there is a very good cafe with both indoor and outdoor space. Info will follow on the next blog posting.
Sunday, 20 May 2018
Saturday, 28 April 2018
The Horniman, deep in South East London, is surprisingly easy to get to on the London Overground from Highbury and Islington and other stops along its journey to Croydon. The train stop is Forest Hill, and details are here: The Horniman is a five to ten minute walk from Forest Hill station.
There are extensive gardens, with features including a bandstand and a Victorian Conservatory, and a collection of animals, all suitable for outdoor sketching. Also some distant views of London, and the countryside southwards. If the day is wet, we can draw in the Museum, although you need to bring your sketching stool as they do not provide these. Please remember that they only allow dry material work inside the Museum. (There are also various covered locations outside). There is an eclectic collection featuring natural history, anthropology, ancient Egypt, music, etc.,
Entrance to the main Museum is free, there is a charge for the aquarium, butterfly house, special exhibitions. There is a cafe.
We look forward to seeing you on this sketchdate. Sue's number for the day is 07975 864142.
Sunday, 15 April 2018
One outdoor painting was produced before the artist got too chilly to carry on, but mostly we concentrated on the customers of the Green Room. We had a great time capturing faces and gestures in this busy cafe,and some of the decor, although one person preferred the seclusion of the semi-covered backyard, and we enjoyed the excellent cuisine on offer. We may have achieved our aim of getting together some work to put into the impending IAS Spring Show in the Stoke Newington Library Gallery round the corner!
Wednesday, 28 March 2018
As the deadline for submitting titles to the IAS is the 15th April, our date has been brought forward to Wednesday 11th.
As usual, we will meet at 11am, and we will gather at the gates of the old Stoke Newington Town Hall, a splendid and hopefully unmissable deco building at 205B Stoke Newington Church St, Stoke Newington, London N16 0JR. The Town Hall is at the western end of Church Street, close to Clissold Park and the two Churches. Image can be found: here
There is no underground anywhere near Stoke Newington, but many buses. In particular, the 106 runs from Finsbury Park to Stoke Newington High Street and Railway Station (London Overground), and there is a short cut from the Queen Elizabeth Walk stop through Clissold Park.
We can either do street scenes of Stoke Newington Church Street, and some of the very pretty backstreets, or we can go into Clissold Park or the Churchyards. It is probably best not to draw in Abney Cemetery, fascinating as it is, on your own.
Bring your sketching stool, and if wet, an umbrella. If it is too wet to operate outside, we will have to do cafe sketching (always pleasant anyway) in a nice cafe or pub.
Sue's telephone number for the day is 07975 864142, we look forward to seeing everybody.
Some of us focused on the details of the location:
And here are the outdoor sketches:
Wednesday, 7 March 2018
We will meet at the Flask at 11 o'clock, when the bar, presumably offering tea and coffee, will be open. The saloon bar, with food, opens at 12. Menus can be examined here and they do have veggie options.
Flask Walk is a couple of minutes' walk south from Hampstead tube station (Golders Green arm of the Northern Line). see map here
The 210 bus runs from Finsbury Park to the Whitestone Pond, (and on to Brent Cross), but if you alight at the Pond you can walk down the hill to Hampstead tube station, and then onto Flask Walk.
Sue's telephone number for the day is 07975 864142, we look forward to seeing everybody and another productive day out with our sketching gear.
Wednesday, 14 February 2018
We sketched the mirrors, the staff, and the statuary (but there are more statues to be done on another visit!)
Some experimental work was carried out, inspired by the ethos of the Woodman and its artefacts:
One person had so much to say that she had to use two hands at once, even with the most sophisticated travelling sketching kit possible:
We had a great day in The Woodman; the staff were very welcoming, and the food was delicious, and there is a covered verandah at the back so this would be a good place to be on one of those summer sketching days when it pours with rain. We look forward to a return visit.