Sunday 13 October 2019

Manor Gardens Library

On 5 October we responded to an invitation to sketch at Manor Gardens Library and there was a good turn out.
Unfortunately I didn't take pictures of our work, but if participants would like to email images to me at I will publish them on the blog.

I finally have two pictures to upload. Better late than never, any more always welcome

November Outing to St Bartholomew the Great

On Tuesday 19 November we are going to St Bartholomew the Great in Smithfield. Meet at 11 am. This is one of London's oldest churches and dates back to Norman times, though reconstructed in the nineteenth century. We enjoyed our last visit there a few years ago. It is also very near to the Charterhouse where we went in October.

It should be reasonably warm inside, there are loos, and although the cafe is closed we are welcome to eat a picnic in the cloisters, there are plenty of take away sandwiches bars nearby for anyone who does not want to bring a packed lunch. Or we can go out!

There is a £5 entry charge for non-worshippers, and if we do go out at lunchtime, please mention this to the person at the desk, so you do not have to pay again if you come back.

They are expecting us.

The address is:
St Bartholomew the Great, Cloth Fair, London EC1A 7JP
and their website is

The 17, 45, 46, 63, 8, 25, 56, 4, 153, 242, 521, 100, 243 and 341 buses are all within walking distance of the church.
The following stations are within walking distance:
Barbican Station (the closest) – Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan Lines
St Paul’s Station – Central Line
Farringdon Station – Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan Lines

Saturday 5 October 2019

Tuesday 1st October: visit to The Charterhouse, Smithfield

Twelve of us came to The Charterhouse close to Smithfield Market, on a wet morning, so we definitely had to sketch indoors.   Visitors are now allowed into the interesting old chapel and a hall (as well as a small museum about the history of the complex of  buildings where we discovered that thousands of black death casualties had been buried on the site), and this is where we worked. There were a great many arches in the fabric of the building, and many architectural details, as well as a number of small scuptural motifs, a gilded altarpiece, some lovely stained glass, and  various paintings.   One person picked out two heads from the stained glass, and reproduced them en grisaille, someone else caught a painting's essence and movement in marker pen.   Other people focused more on the overall aspects of the building, and as we were quite closely confined together  this time we have a comprehensive impression of our day's venue.  

We very much appreciated the opportunity to sketch in such a beautiful historic building and we are most grateful to The Charterhouse organisation for allowing us to do so.

On a dry day there would be a lot to paint outside, as the buildings are gorgeous, there is a smart new knot garden, and Charterhouse Square itself has views through the trees to ancient gateways, etc etc.  Another visit surely beckons.