Tuesday, 30 December 2014
Sunday, 28 December 2014
Thursday, 4 December 2014
Here is one that can be shared though, Oldlands Mill at Keymer is the subject of community fundraising and restoration, and it is a real beauty! I am painting it as you can see it on an Open Day.
Friday, 10 October 2014
Thursday, 9 October 2014
I had time on Tuesday to have a wander around Mayfair before going to the Society of Graphic Fine Art Exhibition at the Menier. Shepherd Market kept coming to my attention, so I decided it was time to discover it for myself. The day was sunny and I walked until my feet were sore. However I did find time to sit and have some lunch, then have a little sketch up. It was warm enough to sit outside and watch the world go by which was just wonderful.
I sketched the view in Curzon Street, and added the colour to the sketch when I got home.
Thursday, 25 September 2014
|initial sketch of the old co op|
|all drawn out and ready to paint|
|I went for a 1920s theme to my characters|
I have drawn what I imagine when I look at the buildings...how they may have looked, and how life may have gone on around them. Nothing is real.
I heard stories that there used to be dances in the barn at the back. The building is now occupied by Wallis and Wallis Auctioneers, and the parents of one of the ladies that works there now actually met at a dance there. The lady that works there now also met her own husband, not at the dance, but at the Auctioneers. The building obviously has some charm and the ability to bring people together!
The co op had a cash train, that ran across the ceiling from the pay point up to the cashiers office, and would be returned again to the customer with change inside. Pity it isnt there now!
Sunday, 21 September 2014
Monday, 15 September 2014
|sketched out the pub and splashed on the colour|
|and now for the drawing on heavy paper|
|close up on the drinkers, more Morris Men!|
I think this pub was probably a very lucky survivor, the street immediatel to it's north was closed off and buildings demolished for the building of the new road, bridge and Cuilfail tunnel.
The Dorset gets its name from the Dukes of Dorset that originally were the landowners of the manor of Cliffe and the Coat of Arms shows leopards holding a shield, which gave the Dorset Arms its original name of The Cats.
Anyway, enough drawing, now it is time to play with paint!
Friday, 12 September 2014
Friday, 5 September 2014
Friday, 22 August 2014
"This beautifully illustrated story will bring huge delight to all children, dog lovers and those who know how much of the natural world can be found in an urban environment. Lewes and it surroundings form a lovingly appreciated background to the joyful escapades of the endearing Ivy and her many canine friends."
Antony Penrose, Farmer, author and photo-curator.
Antony Penrose, Farmer, author and photo-curator.
Tuesday, 19 August 2014
Ivy's Lost Ball
I am first struck by the utterly charming illustrations; so many quirky details true to the location, recognisable by those in the know, intriguing to others. And the dogs; as doggie as one could wish with their 'waggy tails and fluffy bottoms'. There are no doubt small human counterparts in every primary school class. Here is a sympathetic world where children will connect and cotton on.
Perhaps the real achievement of this first Dogs' Club story lies in the creation of a complete fantasy, a fantasy that is also totally believable. It is almost too good to be true, but it is true which may be it's secret.
I like to imagine a future volume with the dogs now older and beginning to behave more like grown-ups. Children will understand, and love and laugh at that too.
Finally (and with apologies to Jamie Oliver); Dogtastic....get stuck in!'
Christopher DorlingFounder, Dorling Kindersley Ltd
Monday, 18 August 2014
Tuesday, 12 August 2014
Sunday, 10 August 2014
|The plan is for ice skating at the Pells Pool in Lewes|
|all drawn out in pencil, might add more people but time for pen|
|here is a close up, Rodin is making a new Ice sculpture|
The Pells Pool is the setting, with a couple of other Lewes landmarks popping up, and lots of ice skaters.
All drawn out in pencil now, time for the pen.
So many little people, I am not sure if anyone will be able to recognise them once they are scaled down on to an A6 card, but hopefully they will. Maybe we should sell magnifying glasses along side the cards!
Tuesday, 5 August 2014
Hopefully Lewes locals and lovers of the Railway Land Nature Reserve will recognise the settings, and possibly some of the dogs!
Monday, 4 August 2014
Monday, 28 July 2014
It is a beautiful building in a creamy stone that would look at home in Bath.
For 100 years it has been the home of Mayo Wynne Baxter Solicitors office. Wynne Baxter was Lewes Mayor many years ago, and also lead inquest into cases such as Jack the Ripper and the Elephant Man.
Prior to the Solicitors, it was home to the Quaker girls school. The girls would be seen walking two by two from the school to the Friends meeting house in Friars Walk.
Lots of things to think about when I was drawing this out! Also cant forget the usual busker and bhaji van from down that end of town!