Thursday, 30 August 2018

Tuesday 25 September: St Dunstan in the East, St Dunstan's Hill, London EC3R 5DD

On Tuesday 25 September we have decided to go to the ruined church of St Dunstan in the East, in the City, which has been turned into a public garden within the walls of this bombed church.  The City of London's City-Gardens department has very kindly given us permission to sketch there as a group.    (They have also expressed interest in seeing our results!)  This is the opportunity to release your inner gothic leanings, with beautiful arched tracery windows beset about by trailing greenery.    More details, images, and map are here:

We will meet as usual at 11 o'clock inside the church walls.   Please bring your sketching stools (and possibly umbrellas), as although there are benches they may not be where your art requires them to be, also other members of the public may wish to use them.   We will need to go out at lunchtime to find a cafe and a loo.   There are no loos available in the garden.   We can then return in the afternoon and continue sketching.   If it is wet, and we cannot find any cover we will go up to the Leadenhall market (Gracechurch St, EC3V 1LT),  which is in any case a proposed winter destination for Art in the Park.    Details are here:

The nearest tube stations are Monument and Tower Hill you can enter at Idol Lane or St Dunstan’s Hill.   Additional details are here:

We look forward to seeing everyone.  Sue's telephone number for the day is: 07975 864142

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Visit to Walthamstow Village, 14 August 2018

Twelve artists came on our sketch day in Walthamstow Village, when we enjoyed very pleasant weather. We were spoilt for choice of subjects in the area immediately around St Mary's Church. Most of us established ourselves in the extensive and attractive churchyard for the morning, and tackled the gravestones, the trees, and the church itself, but several people sketched Walthamstow's "Ancient House", a fifteenth century timber-framed hall house. In the afternoon some of us went into the Church, by kind permission of the Vicar, and admired the interior, which is rather lovely, with elegant and restful arrays of pews, panelled galleries, and some splendid Tudor and Stuart sculptural memorials. One of us drew Lady Mary Merry's monument (see below).

We had a very good lunch in the beer garden of The Village Pub, which also has an interesting interior. Some of our minds were already moving towards thoughts of revisiting Walthamstow, as there were other areas of interest in some of the charming (traffic-free streets) which we did not have time to paint, and the Church interior offers many worthy subjects.

Finally, one of us carried on drawing through lunch and produced some expressive faces: