Worth Way

Mist on Worth Way, the old railway line from East Grinstead to Worth, now a public footpath and bridleway. Lots of people and horses walking and jogging.

Ink and watercolour, 42 x 13 cm. Click to enlarge.

Cold Canary

Another exciting day with the Urban Sketchers London group.

The first drawing is the building work at Newfoundland Point, where you can see the “Shard”, the “Cheesegrater”, and the “Gherkin” on the horizon. The challenges here were:
1) the freezing cold wind
2) the surveyor who needed to need to plant his theodolite right in front of me
3) the clouds of sooty smoke belching from a vent
4) the fact that cranes move (there was actually only one orange crane)
5) did I mention the freezing cold wind?

In the afternoon, we moved to the Roof Garden above the new Crossrail Station, where it was slightly less cold!

Nonetheless, Canary Wharf is full of interesting drawing subjects and it was a great day out; many thanks to Katherine for organising it, and to everyone who came along.

Both drawings: Ink and watercolour, 42 x 13cm.

Winter greens

Winter greens in Worth Park. Another drawing that took two sessions. The first was rained off after twenty minutes. Today, the sun was at least trying to shine, but it was still so cold that I had to draw with gloves on. Which isn’t easy.

Ink and watercolour, 42 x 13 cm. Click to enlarge.

Worth Church

Worth Church: Too cold to paint outside — so I’ll go inside. Where it’s even colder, and the paint takes ages to dry. (This was drawn a few days ago, which is why the Christmas trees were still on display.)

Ink and watercolour, 42 x 13 cm. Click to enlarge.

A corner of the car park

Too wet today to even get out of the car, so here’s a corner of the car park. At least I can be fairly sure that this is the first time that anyone has drawn this view, ever.

Ink and watercolour, 42 x 13cm. Click to enlarge.

Stuff on a shelf

One of the good things about drawing is that you notice things that you hadn’t seen before. For example, I now know where I left the screwdriver.

Ink and watercolour, 42 x 13cm. Click to enlarge.

Worth: Church, house, van

Plan A was to draw the church at Worth, but it was too cold and windy, so I settled for Plan B, and drew the house that’s next to the church, from the warmth of the car.

The van arrived just after I’d started, blocking the view of the house, so I ended up with Plan C: draw the van.

Ink and watercolour, 42 x 13cm. Click to enlarge.

Florence: Piazza Demidoff

In Oltrarno, the much quieter side of the river; much easier to find somewhere to sit and draw. You can see the tower of the Palazzo Vecchio.

Ink and watercolour, 42 x 13cm.