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