Friday, 24 June 2022

Tuesday 19 July: Newington Green, Islington N16 9PX


On Tuesday 19 July we are going to revisit Newington Green, on the borders of Islington and Hackney.   Artists can have another go at Maggie Hambling's sculpture to Mary Wollstonecraft, which repaid close study on our last visit, a year ago, and there are interesting old terraces and the old chapel across the road, big trees with light and shade, and people to sketch.   Also street scenes.   You may find it helpful to look up in advance the images from our previous visit and see what other people chose to sketch, the collection can be found in the July 2021 section of the archives. 

As usual, we will assemble on the Green near the cafe at 11 o'clock.

Here is the map:

There is a cafe with outdoor seating in the square, and various others around, also loos in the square,  and multiple buses running past: 141, 236, 341, 73.

The nearest train station is Canonbury, and then a walk.

There are benches, but it is always good to have your sketching stool with you.  

Looking forward to meeting up, Sue's mobile number for the day is: 07975 864142

We have decided that as a special treat we will have another July outing, details will be published shortly.

Sunday, 19 June 2022

Tuesday 14 June 2022: Visit to Christchurch Highbury N5

 A dozen artists presented themselves in the new courtyard of Christchurch, Highbury, on a beautiful sunny day.  There was a distinctly continental feel to the courtyard beside the church, with its metal cafe tables, shaded by a large tree, and stone chippings on the ground.  It was an extremely relaxed and comfortable location, with loos and cafe to hand.  And, of course, there was the gothic architecture of Christchurch itself, and the splendid clock tower, a kind of miniature Big Ben, which were what attracted our attention when making our plans for our June sketchday.  (The clock tower was put up in 1897 in celebration of Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee, and paid for by a local resident, Mr Alfred Hutchinson.  What a splendid gift for the parish!  It was restored in its original colours in 1997.)   All this is reflected in our artwork, we were mostly scattered around all sides of the church, only one of us went inside to paint the fine assemblage of arches there. 

We are very grateful for being kindly allowed to sketch by Christchurch's staff who made us very welcome.

As is often the case with our Art in the Park jaunts, we had a totally unexpected encounter, this time with a free-range parrot!   She was visiting with her man, and greatly enjoyed herself moving round the chairs at their table.  Many of us talked to her devoted carer, but only one of us, Gafung, was on the ball enough to do a quick painting of the parrot, who was a green winged macau.

Please enjoy our images.  

Our next sketchdate will be Tuesday 19th July, venue to be announced, we hope shortly.

Parrot by Gafung Wong

Four images above by Audrey Rapier

Image above by Janet Payne 


Image above by Janet Perkins

Two images above by Gafung Wong

 Image above by Avis Dennis

Image above by Gill Steiner 

Image above by Tricia Sharpe

 Image above by Peter Colley



 Two images above by Sue Lees


Monday, 30 May 2022

14 June outing to Christchurch Highbury.

Meet at 11 am on Tuesday 14 June at Christchurch, Highbury outside the Community Room and cafe. 

The Community Room is on the side of the church away from Highbury Grove opposite the clocktower, commemorating Queen Victoria's 60th Jubilee.

Pic just in case. The community room is on the right almost out of sight.

The church itself is early Victorian with some later additions. The nearby area is known as Highbury Barn, after an actual barn which became a popular entertainment centre in the nineteenth century. Many of the local shops are independent specialist shops, such as a good butcher, greengrocer and Italian Deli. Highbury Barn Tavern is nearby with an outside terrace.

The address of the church is 155 Highbury Grove N5 1SA. It is about midway between Finsbury Park and Highbury and Islington underground stations and is served by several buses including the 4 and the 19. Highbury Fields is nearby.

The community rooms offer coffee and cakes. There are also loos. They are happy to welcome us whether or not we buy any coffee, as we are a community group (Islington Art Society). They are happy to provide us with extra chairs, but please don't take them out of the grounds. There should be no problem about eating our own sandwiches should we choose to. We hope to be able to get into the Church, but this will be confirmed on the day.

And finally image from Gill D'Ambrosio from the previous outing to the Olden Garden.      


Sunday, 15 May 2022

Our outing to the Olden Garden

On a rather wet day 14 artists, including an international Urban Sketcher, made their way to the Olden Garden just off Whistler Street. This garden was previously derelict land and has been reclaimed by the community as a garden and woodland. It was made and maintained by dedicated volunteers for community use. It is a very special place and all the better for being unexpected. Entry is through a locked door from the street, a real secret garden!

The summer house was made by a volunteer and does look splendid.

Fortunately the day was not as wet as the following one and the artists managed to get some very commendable work done. The sun came out in the afternoon and the light changed for the better.

Really the pictures say it all and thank you Olden Garden for allowing us to come and sketch.

The date for the next outing is Tuesday 14 June, the venue is to be confirmed. 

Below are pictures by:

Gafung Wong

2 pictures

Diane Umemoto

Sue Lees

2 pictures

Gill Steiner

Janet Payne

Ann Funston

two pictures

Cathy Burkinshaw

2 pictures

Janet Perkins

2 pictures

Peter Colley

2 pictures

Eva Sze

Helena Yiu

Elaine Kleinen

Tuesday, 26 April 2022

Tuesday 10 May: The Olden Garden, Whistler Street, Highbury N5 1NH

On Tuesday May 10 we will be visiting the Olden Community Garden in Highbury, where we have been kindly given permission to come and sketch.   This is a real secret garden entered from a door in a high wall (opposite Number 22 Whistler Street). The Garden is a long strip alongside one of Islington's many railway lines, sloping downwards to the tracks and facing more or less westerly.  Hidden from the charming Whistler Street by the wall, there is a lawn, much planting, a summer house, pergola arches, lots of small vegetable patches, fruit trees, small terraced paths, greenhouse/s, and a woodland area.   The Garden will be gorgeous in May, with hopefully lots of glancing sunshine through the trees.   There will also be figure drawing possibilities as that day the volunteer gardeners will be in operation.   More details can be found here:

There is also  a loo, and a community room.  Artists' lunch must be brought in advance as we will stay there for the day.  (There is a Tesco Express at 71 Drayton Park, according to the internet, if anyone forgets.) The Garden closes at 4 pm.   We are sure that donations will be appreciated.

We will meet at 11 o'clock inside the Garden, the gate will be unlocked. 

The Garden is close to Drayton Park train station and the more widely known Emirates football stadium.  If you look at the map, you will see the railway line running south from Drayton Park station and just beside the word Park, you will see Whistler Street, which is a sort of triangle, very small in actuality.  The Garden is the sliver beside the railway track.  A better map can be found here:      The nearest Tube stations are Arsenal and Highbury and Islington, both 10 - 20 minutes' walk away.  It will be quicker to get on a bus going up or down the Holloway Road and get off as close as possible to the junction of Liverpool Road and Drayton Park.  Parking will be impossible as controls operate all day.

We suggest you bring your sketching stools and an umbrella.  There are various places to sit under cover, but they may not be where you want to be, and the summer house will not accommodate very many of us.  We are of course, hoping that the weather will be balmy! 

Looking forward to a lovely painting day.   Sue's telephone number for the day will be:07975 864142.



Monday, 25 April 2022

Visit to Granary Square on Tuesday 19 April 2022

11 sketchers came to Granary Square, the large open area in the centre of the vast redevelopment behind Kings Cross and St Pancras railway stations.  For some, it was a first visit, and for everybody it was wonderful to see the area more or less finished and largely free of construction operations.   It appears that everything which could be preserved has been kept, which includes various huge iron gasholders as well as a number of Victorian warehouses associated with the canal and the need for huge quantities of coal to keep steam engines running.    Consequently, there was quite a selection of architectural features to incorporate into our artwork, including the Regent's Canal and associated locks.   Our artists ranged widely, and have sketched quite a few of these features, and also bits of the new architecture. Two even caught what is left of the view of the iconic railway stations, now sandwiched between the many vast apartment and office blocks to the south of the canal.   And some drew the many people who were out and about enjoying the spring day.

Granary Square is clearly a place of artistic opportunity, and we are sure that we will go back before long. 

Image below by Daniel Lloyd-Morgan

  Image below by Priscilla Worley

Image below by Feroze Antia

Image below by Janet Payne

Two images below by Christian Cook


Image below by Maggie Pettigrew

Image below by Feroze Antia

Image below by Tricia Sharpe

 Two images below by Lindsay Topping


Image below by Sue Lees

Image below by Diane Umemoto

Image below by Daniel Lloyd-Morgan

Four images below by Lindsay Topping


 Image below by Pam Rigdon


Image below by Sue Lees


Image below by Feroze Antia


And finally, a flower by Avis Dennis who was unable to get to Granary Square.