Thursday, 16 November 2017
Tuesday, 7 November 2017
We were delighted to find that one artist had reconnoitred the Park in advance, and had come prepared to create a textile piece of the spirit of Gillespie, and produced this fabulous result:
Sunday, 15 October 2017
November's outing is to Marylebone Station on Tuesday 14 November meeting at 11 am. Janet's number for the day is 07815 772857. We hope to be able to fit in one more outing before Christmas.
It would be a good idea to bring a sketching stool to be sure of a good spot. There are plenty of cafes and we will decide on the day whether to have lunch in the station or venture further afield.
The full address is Great Central House, Melcombe Pl, Marylebone, London NW1 6JJ.
Meanwhile don't forget Gillespie Park on Tuesday 31 November.
Tuesday, 10 October 2017
Next Art in the Park Sketching Day: Tuesday 31 October at Gillespie Park, Drayton Park, Highbury N5 1PH
October should be full of autumn colour in Islington's flagship nature park and we very much hope that we will get a nice sunny day!
There are several smallish meadows, areas of woodland, several ponds, with bridges and reflections. Lots of details, including a map of the Park, can be found here
There is no catering in the Ecology Centre, so we have decided to go on to Blighty Coffee, which is a cafe on the Blackstock Road up near Finsbury Park Station. (Address: 35-37 Blackstock Road, N4 2JF). Its interior bristles with things to draw, with a British wartime emphasis. A good series of photos can be seen here They change the decor around, last time we went there were various aeroplanes suspended from the ceiling downstairs. The food is delicious.
Thursday, 28 September 2017
Seven enthusiastic Art in the Park sketchers turned up on a dry, warm, and ultimately sunny day at the Rotunda Garden, West Smithfield. We were astonished to be greeted by a multi-coloured neon art installation completely covering the resident statue, but soon realised its sketching possibilities. We discovered that this is a new temporary installation entitled Peace by artists Morag Myerscough and Luke Morgan. We were also rather dismayed by the local building projects which fortunately were not in the park, nor in the parts of Smithfield Market which we could see, but the upside was that lots of off-duty builders were available as hunky models, sitting on the installation and around on the benches, having their breakfasts and lunches in the garden. We also got stuck into capturing the Victorian architecture of Smithfield Market, and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves in this undiscovered corner of London. Another visit when the renovations are over, and more of the Victoriana is uncovered, would be worthwhile.
Monday, 4 September 2017
Art in the Park: Next Sketching Day: Tuesday 26 September at the West Smithfield Rotunda Garden, EC1A 9BD
We will meet in the Garden at 11 o'clock, and can either sketch within it, or wander outside and do parts of the long Smithfield Market, which has arches and towers, or the various other Victorian buildings around. A day for getting to grips with architecture, although the statue is also good visually. The area is quiet, spacious, and has very little traffic. If it is wet, we can go into St Bartholemew the Great and sketch in there, as we did in January. It seems that St Bartholemew's cafe is shut while they do building works outside the church, but there are a number of pubs and cafes in West Smithfield.
Further details and travel notes can be found here: here
We look forward to seeing fellow artists, both newcomers and regulars. Sue's telephone number for the day is: 07975 864142.