If you know me, you’ll be aware of three things:
a) I like drawing
b) I like riding a bike
c) I like ranting about getting from A to B without a car
So when I got an email from Sustrans about a panel event to discuss whether transport in Bristol is a public health issue, I volunteered to go along and do my sketching thing.
Neil from Sustrans got back to me and said I could draw on the wipe clean walls at Triodos bank. Even though this meant it was difficult to draw the people at the event, which is what I usually do, I couldn’t resist this, and had a go at drawing what I could hear instead of what I could see. Had a lovely time. Click on ‘zoom’ on the gallery pictures to see them properly.
Healthy Bristol Sustrans Panel Event
On Sunday 11th September it was lovely to be asked to sketch at Arts in the Park, Redcatch Park.
Here are a few initial images from that day – more to come including belly dancers and musicians!
Click zoom to see the correct proportions of the image. Contact me to order any prints, or come and visit Venue 17 at Art on the Hill, 1st and 2nd October 2016.
Arts in the Park (Redcatch Park, Sunday 11th September 2016)
Anthony Garratt painting on the grass
Karen George demonstrates her painting technique
Mother and child with balloon
Spotty stripey couple
Detail, Waiting for Balloons, Victoria Park
Starting this week, I’m going to have a few more hours to concentrate on live sketching and other freelance illustration. So it’s a good time to book me in to come and record your community event, launch day, wedding, party, or whatever you’re planning (I’ve always had a secret ambition to be a war artist…)
Starting nearer to home, though, I will be at Redcatch Park this Sunday recording Art in the Park between 12 and 5 pm.
Then, as usual, I’m getting ready for Art on the Hill on the 1st and 2nd October, where I’ll be exhibiting during the weekend (venue 17) and then hopefully sketching at Brahms Requiem at St Michael and All Angels Church.
If you want to find out more about the sketching thing, those would be good times for a chat!
Thanks to Philomena and Matt Filsell who let me spend an afternoon sketching in their hair salon at the top of Park Street. It was a real challenge and I’d like to go back. Drawing in a place that’s all about image is interesting to begin with. And hairdressers move, they go round and round their clients at a faster rate than you’d think. Then there’s so much going on in a room full of mirrors.
Thanks to Liz, Rachel, Phoebe and Aimee for letting me draw you at work. And it’s a lovely friendly place with a zen-like skylight over the washbasins and a more extensive drinks menu than you’d imagine!
Alissa, Philomena, and Rachel
A little collection of sketches from our usual family Gower holiday last week. We’ve been doing this since 1978. There is always more sunshine than rain.
Lucy swimming at Pwll Du (men on boats drinking small beers)
Sandcastle at Rhossili
I’m not sure which was more spectacular; the flyboarders standing high above us on jets of water (much higher than the one in this sketch); or the constant train of thousands all walking slowly in the same direction around Bristol harbour. I was down at the harbour festival today partly to lend a hand to Bristol Channel Sea Scouts who are raising funds to rebuild their HQ in Southville. If you’re in Bristol you can visit them by the Benjamin Perry boathouse tomorrow (Sunday) and have a go on their raingutter regatta.
I particularly like this one – thanks to the couple who stepped out of the human conveyor belt for a quiet romantic moment on the harbour wall. Will work on this one for Art on the Hill.
From a few weeks ago, Bristol’s Celebration of Sanctuary event in Queens Square.
And from yesterday, the view of Avonmouth from Kings Weston House. The house was designed so that there was a good view the hundreds of ships that came and went with their various types of cargo.
We all have very different points of view. That’s become clearer in recent weeks.