A few days in Sussex, especially Eastbourne for Ravilious & Co at The Towner Gallery. Great view from our hotel, good sketching weather and convenient seats on the breakwaters to paint a couple of pictures of The Pier. A compelling view. One a quickie on a postcard for Radio 4's BH reviving of holiday PC sending habit of old. Bit of fun...
With lots of London Urban Sketchers - and a few from further afield - to the challenge of The Serpentine Pavilion. Each summer The serpentine gallery commissions a pavilion from an architect hitherto not represented in the UK. Its an opportunity to be experimental and reference the author's background. This year by African architect Diébédo Francis Kéré the inspiration being the tree round which African Village Leaders gather.
A challenge...taken on by plenty of us. Others went elsewhere.
Fancying another challenge in the afternoon I went for The Royal Albert Hall as did a few others. Good sunny day, if windy thus pretty chilly in Kensington Gore. So needed a few dabs iof pen and wash at home...
Richmond green - again. This time with the Artful Dodgers. I picked up the idea from a fellow Urban Sketcher of using an Amazon A4 pack for several sheets and sizes of paper and as a 'board' which I reinforced with another sheet of card. It works well and in some ways better than a sketchbook.
Today I planned to do a panorama with two sheets. Seemed a good idea but suffered a bit from floppy paper so in future will slip another sheet of card in to extend my device. It's so light and convenient.
Also in the height of summer the trees in full leaf obscure most of the fine buildings...so back in early spring.
Sketching thoughts and stories from John Webb.