Thursday, 17 August 2017

Sketch Outing to Kelmscott Manor

At last, a promising weather forecast for our sketch outing yesterday.  Eight of us met up for coffee and then set off down narrow country lanes to find Kelmscott Manor, a 17th century house situated in The Cotswolds near the upper reaches of the Thames.  Purchased in 1871, this was the summer home for the Arts and Crafts Movement textile designer, artist and writer, William Morris, and his family.

We made the most of the sun and spent all our time outside, but the interior is well worth a visit as it is decorated with William Morris wallpapers, furnishing fabrics and embroideries (by his wife and daughters), together with examples of the paintings and drawings of Dante Gabriel Rossetti who shared the house with them for some years.

Both images in the grey Hahnemuhle sketchbook - pen
watercolour and gouache

Saturday, 12 August 2017

A visit to Bowood

After a very wet start to the week, we were lucky to have good weather for our visit to the Bowood estate on Thursday.  This is a National Trust property with the spectacular grounds and lake, covering some 100 acres, designed by Lancelot "Capability" Brown in the late 1700's.

We were enjoying the sun so much, we didn't have enough time to take a tour of the house, so I missed out on the opportunity to view a famed collection of early English watercolours.

My journal sketch of the boathouse on the lake was done later at home from one of my photos.

Pen and wash (approx 3" x 3")

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Station sketch outing

One of our urban sketching members organised a morning at Swindon Railway Station. We were limited to ten members, given visitor passes and made very welcome by all staff.

The building on the north platform was particularly interesting, despite the fact that it was partially obscured by scaffolding, and a few of us chose to draw this.  I have since found out that the exterior has remained more or less intact since it was built to Brunel's design in the early 1800s, with the original decorative cast-iron columns still supporting an old-style wooden canopy.  Now designated a Grade II listed building, I suppose the scaffolding was evidence that some much needed restoration work was being undertaken.

Swindon Station - platform building - pen and wash
over mixed media background in Hahnemuhle Grey Book
 I chose to ignore the scaffolding and building paraphernalia - too confusing!

Train guard - pen and wash

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Rainy day sketch outing

With the forecast of heavy rain for most of the day, our Wednesday group met up in the cafe of a local garden centre. We enjoyed a morning of arty chat over coffee, sharing past sketchbook drawings and, rather than all of us obviously turning our attention to the customers around us, we sketched each other.  Good practice.