We unfortunately managed to pick the coldest day of the week, if not the month, for our April outing. It was a deeply grey day, but it did not rain, so our dozen artists pursued their art with huge dedication in Arlington Square and the nearby Regent's Canal, before all survivors retired thankfully into The Hanbury pub at the corner of the Square. Two hardy souls had been to the Canal where it was even colder.
Arlington Square is one of the best planted and maintained public squares in London, having been rescued from its former incarnation as a place to buy a stolen bike and other things by a massive community effort. Ten years or so ago local residents keen to create a garden of delight fundraised enthusiastically and having amongst them knowledgeable gardeners have filled the square with multiple types of camellia and magnolia and other superior shrubs, and vintage olive trees and palm trees. The tulip beds were having their gorgeous moment, and attracted the attention of some of our artists. We were too early for the many roses, but they will be lovely later in the season. The garden looked immaculate, and the community maintenance effort is still continuing. An example to residents everywhere of what can be done. They have even been visited by the King while Prince of Wales!
Our next sketch date will be Tuesday 23 May when we will be going to Regent's Park, the Japanese garden area. Details to follow.
Enjoy our images from Arlington Square and the Canal!
Developed series of three by Audrey Rapier
Sketch and Painting by Chris Baker
Sue LeesSue Loder
And one extra drawing from our orchestral afternoon by Christine Khwaja