Thursday, 24 August 2017
A select group of four artists assembled on the terrace of Ally Pally on 22 August, where we enjoyed a balmy day. Externally, Ally Pally offers lots of artistic interest. We focused on the architecture, both pristine and unrepaired, the expansive views of London, and the electric colours of the dragons and swans on the boating lake. There are more subjects, not least people enjoying themselves. Art in the Park will be sure to go again, because there are also indoor options in the Palm Court and the Phoenix Cafe (and the Boating Cafe) if the weather fails.
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
We are going to revisit Alexandra Palace and tackle it from the outside this time on our August Art in the Park sketch-day. There are many possibilities with the Italianate architecture, as well as the panoramic view of London and trees and parkland views. There is also a boating lake at the back of the Palace, with Lakeside cafe.
We will assemble at 11am on the front steps outside the main entrance at the western end of the Palace. We hope very much that we will have a dry day, but if it is wet we can paint the Palm Court once more, or sit in the Victorian pub-restaurant (the Bar & Kitchen).
Refreshments can be bought from the Bar & Kitchen which has full facilities, and has views from the windows, and an outside terrace. The bar has tables in the Palm Court, if we use these we should buy some drinks or food. Otherwise we suggest you bring your sketching stools.
Ally Pally has two car parks, the closest one to the front entrance is in The Grove, (if you are coming from the Crouch End direction turn to the left just after the Garden Centre entrance, and please do not park in the Garden Centre). The other car park is at the far end of the building beside the entrance to the skating rink. We are going on a non-event day so there should be no parking difficulty, no crowds, nor any entrance fee.
Alternatively, various buses go through the park. You can find a map and full travel details here.
We look forward to seeing a good number of sketchers, both newcomers and regulars. Sue's telephone number for the day is: 07975 864142.