Tuesday 21 May 2024

Tuesday 25 June: Visit the Victoria Embankment Gardens, Villiers Street, WC2N 6DU

 We are going to make our first visit to the Victoria Embankment Gardens, which features a fine High Renaissance style watergate which was built in 1626 for the Duke of Buckingham, (the Thames has moved since this boating essential was built), and a number of statues to nineteenth century notables: Arthur Sullivan, with mourning nymph, a camel, part of the Imperial Camel Corps, Robert Burns, etc., etc.  There is also a fishpond, part of a Lutyens memorial (the Cheylemore Memorial) and bandstand.  The garden maintenance is supposed to be good.   There should be plenty to sketch, but if people want something grittier, the Embankment tube entrance is interesting, hopefully without roadworks, and over the wall and across the Embankment road is the Thames and Cleopatra's needle with attendant sphinxes. 

Meet at 11 am in the Gardens by the Villiers Street entrance, close to the Embankment tube exit

There is a cafe and loo.    If wet, we could sit in the bandstand, or underneath the railway lines going to Charing Cross.  

There will be many buses going to Charing Cross, Villiers Street is just to the east side of Charing Cross, and the Northern, Bakerloo, Circle and District lines stop at Embankment Station. 

We suggest you bring your sketching stools to help achieve the perfect composition.  There are benches, but they may be already taken or in the wrong place. 


 Sue's telephone number for the day is 07975 864 142 (but please note that due to the incompetance of O2, the mobile service provider, it may not be possible to send reply texts, and there is a problem with receiving voicemail also).

Finally, some late images from our day in the St John's Wood Churchyard, a series of line drawings by Alison Sandifer.  Enjoy!




Sunday 19 May 2024

Our Visit to St John's Wood Churchyard

 It was a wet and overcast day when 8 seasoned artists made their way to St John's Wood Churchyard, which was a bit off our usual beat. The weather continued to be damp but there was no actual rain whilst we were sketching. 

Thank you Diane Umemoto for suggesting this great venue. We loved exploring something new. The High Street was fascinating but most of us stayed in the churchyard which is now largely a park. John Sell Cotman's grave is in an area that is being rewilded but all the more intriguing for that.

We retired to a cafe at lunchtime where some us appropriately chose the 'Wild Child' bowl option.

The next outing is on Tuesday 25th June to Embankment Gardens. More to follow.

So images below. Artist's name at the top pf each image:

Diana Marshall

Diane Umemoto

Do Burgess

Janet Payne

Gill Steiner

Priscilla Worley

Sue Lees

Sue Loder