A good indoor spot for a cold December day.
Thursday, 23 November 2017
A good indoor spot for a cold December day.
Thursday, 16 November 2017
Tuesday, 7 November 2017
We were delighted to find that one artist had reconnoitred the Park in advance, and had come prepared to create a textile piece of the spirit of Gillespie, and produced this fabulous result:
Sunday, 15 October 2017
November's outing is to Marylebone Station on Tuesday 14 November meeting at 11 am. Janet's number for the day is 07815 772857. We hope to be able to fit in one more outing before Christmas.
It would be a good idea to bring a sketching stool to be sure of a good spot. There are plenty of cafes and we will decide on the day whether to have lunch in the station or venture further afield.
The full address is Great Central House, Melcombe Pl, Marylebone, London NW1 6JJ.
Meanwhile don't forget Gillespie Park on Tuesday 31 November.
Tuesday, 10 October 2017
Next Art in the Park Sketching Day: Tuesday 31 October at Gillespie Park, Drayton Park, Highbury N5 1PH
October should be full of autumn colour in Islington's flagship nature park and we very much hope that we will get a nice sunny day!
There are several smallish meadows, areas of woodland, several ponds, with bridges and reflections. Lots of details, including a map of the Park, can be found here
There is no catering in the Ecology Centre, so we have decided to go on to Blighty Coffee, which is a cafe on the Blackstock Road up near Finsbury Park Station. (Address: 35-37 Blackstock Road, N4 2JF). Its interior bristles with things to draw, with a British wartime emphasis. A good series of photos can be seen here They change the decor around, last time we went there were various aeroplanes suspended from the ceiling downstairs. The food is delicious.
Thursday, 28 September 2017
Seven enthusiastic Art in the Park sketchers turned up on a dry, warm, and ultimately sunny day at the Rotunda Garden, West Smithfield. We were astonished to be greeted by a multi-coloured neon art installation completely covering the resident statue, but soon realised its sketching possibilities. We discovered that this is a new temporary installation entitled Peace by artists Morag Myerscough and Luke Morgan. We were also rather dismayed by the local building projects which fortunately were not in the park, nor in the parts of Smithfield Market which we could see, but the upside was that lots of off-duty builders were available as hunky models, sitting on the installation and around on the benches, having their breakfasts and lunches in the garden. We also got stuck into capturing the Victorian architecture of Smithfield Market, and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves in this undiscovered corner of London. Another visit when the renovations are over, and more of the Victoriana is uncovered, would be worthwhile.
Monday, 4 September 2017
Art in the Park: Next Sketching Day: Tuesday 26 September at the West Smithfield Rotunda Garden, EC1A 9BD
We will meet in the Garden at 11 o'clock, and can either sketch within it, or wander outside and do parts of the long Smithfield Market, which has arches and towers, or the various other Victorian buildings around. A day for getting to grips with architecture, although the statue is also good visually. The area is quiet, spacious, and has very little traffic. If it is wet, we can go into St Bartholemew the Great and sketch in there, as we did in January. It seems that St Bartholemew's cafe is shut while they do building works outside the church, but there are a number of pubs and cafes in West Smithfield.
Further details and travel notes can be found here: here
We look forward to seeing fellow artists, both newcomers and regulars. Sue's telephone number for the day is: 07975 864142.
Thursday, 24 August 2017
Wednesday, 9 August 2017
Five of us met at the Eastern Curve in Dalston. This is a community garden and urban oasis currently fighting off development plans. Dalston is recently gentrified but retains its urban grit. At the Curve there is a garden, vegetables, a children's play area and a cafe. Our pictures show the space and a kind passer by took a photo of the happy band of artists.
Do join us at our next outing to Alexandra Palace on 22 August. Details are already on the blog.
Monday, 7 August 2017
Art in the Park: Next sketching day Tuesday 22 August at Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way London N22 7AY
Wednesday, 28 June 2017
Wednesday, 7 June 2017
Our next outing will be to the Curve, a community garden in Dalston, where we hope for much better weather and to back up to our usual attendance.
Thursday, 25 May 2017
Next Art in the Park sketching day: Tuesday 6 June at Gillespie Park, Islington Ecology Centre 191 Drayton Park, Highbury, N5 1PH
Saturday, 20 May 2017
Seven artists met in the Estorick caffe in Canonbury Square for a sketching session before the splendid talk on Giacomo Balla organised for the IAS at the Estorick Gallery in the evening. We had intended to meet in Canonbury Square itself and sketch outside but it proved to be one of the wettest days of the year so far. Drought, what drought? This was a deluge, so, ever resourceful we retreated to the caffe and indulged in cups of tea. The caffe was cosy, snug and Italian (hence the two ffs in caffe) with views of the rain soaked garden through a wonderful glass conservatory extension. We all worked hard, despite the lack of the leafy square and enjoyed the talk in the evening.
The next outing is to Gillespie Park on Tuesday 6 June at 11 am, but watch this space for more details."
Tuesday, 2 May 2017
Corrected date for May outing: Wednesday 17 May at Canonbury Square, followed by Estorick Collection visit
Oops: apologies, made a mistake with the date in my original post for our May meeting. The correct date is Wednesday 17 May at 3pm, all other details as announced in previous post.
Friday, 28 April 2017
Please note corrected date!
Tuesday, 25 April 2017
he end of April proved to be not quite as warm as we had hoped, but this did not deter six artists from our planned sketching trip to Goodman's Fields, which is just off Leman Street. Goodman's Fields is now a landscaped courtyard with sensational horse sculptures by Hamish Mackie, in the midst of a new housing development by Berkeley Homes. In the eighteenth century there were two theatres here, and though they are long gone, the district still has a just out of the centre of London edginess to it.
We braved the cold and the noise from the neighbouring building site to produce some exciting drawings and watercolour sketches and then dived into the local pastry shop for cups of hot coffee and sandwiches.
We took a shine to the horses, and hope to return in a future summer when the building work is finished, and the horses are prancing in their rushing streams, as they were designed to do.
The next outing is to Canonbury Square. Meet at 3 pm on Wednesday 17 May and then on to to the IAS talk on Giacoma Balla at 6 pm in the Estorick in Canonbury Square. More details to follow on the blog page for May.
Monday, 17 April 2017
As we did not have sketch day in March, we have decided to have a second outing in April.
They offer unusual artistic possibilities, and you might produce some work which would be of interest to visitors to the IAS’s June exhibition at the Espacio Gallery which is not a great distance away.