Monday 23 January 2023

Visit to the Wallace Collection on Tuesday 31 January 2023

Meet at 11am at the entrance to the Wallace Collection. For any of you who haven't been to the Wallace Collection, it is a free exhibition based on the Marquess of Hertford's private collection of Art and artefacts. It includes many famous pictures and an armoury collection. The central hall, which contains the cafe and restaurant, is stunning with a glass roof. 

The address is Hertford House, Manchester Square, London W1U 3BN. It is just off Oxford Street so convenient for the Oxford Street buses. The nearest tube stations are Bond Street and Baker Street.

The museum has a collection of stools so no need to bring one (hopefully). Also dry materials only. Pull along shopping trolleys, which some of us use to move Art materials, can be a problem and if you have one you may be asked to leave it in the cloakroom. The cafe can get crowded at lunch time so we may not get a table all together.

Other than that, enjoy!!

Sunday 15 January 2023

Tuesday 10 January 2023: Visit to the East Court - and Skating Rink - of Alexandra Palace

 It was a particularly dreary grey and wet day when nine sketchers made their way to Alexandra Palace, to the East Court which has been renovated fairly recently, to include a kind of giant mosaic floor.  This end of Ally Pally leads into the Skating Rink, and staff kindly allowed us to go in and sketch the skaters at no charge.   This proved an irresistible attraction, but also the most monumental challenge for us all as we don't very often draw people in motion, and it was very difficult to catch the rapid and circular movements of some very beautiful skaters. Also it was cold around the ice rink!    Some of us preferred to concentrate on more static individuals, including in collage.  One person created her skaters in absentia.     A good experience, nevertheless, and we have discovered that spectators can go into the ice arena upon payment of £2, so artists could go back and work at their speed drawing again.   The discussion at lunch revealed various other venues where we could draw moving figures, so we will be pursuing this challenge again.

It was a great relief to move on to sketch the East Hall, which stayed still, and some people found other subjects of interest in the Hall - the cafe, and one of the vintage cameras on display.

Enjoy our images!

As we had no December sketching day, we are going to have a second January outing, and this will be on Tuesday January 31st, when we will visit the Wallace Collection.  Details to follow, but please put the date in your diary.

Image above by Priscilla Worley

Two images above by Janet Payne

Sculptural Image above by Gill Steiner

Two images above by Sue Lees


Five images above by Alison Sandifer

Two images above by Janet Perkins

Image above by Tricia Sharpe

Two images above by Peter Colley

Image above by Tricia Sharpe

Image above by Peter Hassell

Image above by Sue Lees

Image of a BBC TV Camera c 1970 by Peter Hassell

Image above by Sara Meidan