Wednesday 28 March 2018

Next sketchdate: Wednesday 11 April: Stoke Newington Church Street

We have decided that our April outing should be to Stoke Newington Church Street so that people have an opportunity to produce something local which might go into the IAS's spring show, which is taking place in the Stoke Newington Library.

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. 


Visit to the Flask, Hampstead, on 27 March

The Flask pub, Hampstead was another new location for Art in the Park. Nine of us presented ourselves on a damp morning, and astonishingly, two of us decided to sketch outside, and came in chilled later. The pub did not disappoint, being very full of Victorian fitments, including unusual and noted chromolithographs. The food was very good as well and the staff charming. We worked very hard, and had a jolly lunch together, and would like to return in the summer, because Flask Walk and the local streets became very attractive when the sun came out in the afternoon.

Some of us focused on the details of the location:

And here are the outdoor sketches:

Wednesday 7 March 2018

Tuesday 27 March: The Flask pub, 14 Flask Walk Hampstead London NW3 1HE

This time we are going to Hampstead, to another new venue for Art in the Park, The Flask pub of Flask Walk. This offers the full Victoriana interior combined with an old-fashioned, and charming, Dickensian lane outside and wider street vistas round the corner. Artists should bring their sketching stools so that they can work outside if they feel that it is warm enough. More details and images here

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.