about my one-off sketching day in Salisbury on Saturday 9th July starting at 10.00am in the Arts Centre. At just £40 for the day it's a bargain! Come and draw the lovely medieval buildings, eat lunch and ending up at the Cathedral for a "crit" and a few photographs to record the day. Turner would be proud of you: Sunshine guaranteed!
Salisbury Cathedral from the East c.1798 by Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
if anyone is in the area on Saturday 9th July come and join us for a spot of sketching the beautiful City of Salisbury - click here for link. Here's a quick sketch showing the cathedral nave from the west end. Watercolour over water-soluble ink on A5 cartridge.
and a watercolour showing the church of St. John the Baptist. I've been meaning to find this church for years mainly due to the fact that William Gilpin was the vicar from 1777 until 1804. Gilpin was an artist and writer and instrumental in founding the Picturesque movement. Done in A4 sketchbook on Arches NOT 90Ib paper in around one and a half hours on location and finished off in the studio.
Here's a couple of sketches I did yesterday while taking a welcome break from London's hustle and bustle at a lunchtime concert in St Martin-in-the-Fields
This is a sketch of St Andrew's church at Raveningham Norfolk. The church is a "round tower" with a Norman octagonal and castellated top. Done in around 1 1/2 hours at approx 300 x 400mm.
A lovely church with a Norman tower where my daughter is getting married this summer. I did this pen drawing from a photograph I found on-line and is for the Order of Service: here's hoping for nice weather!
A picturesque view: a snapshot of my studio in the Old Cemetery
For the second year running I have sold a watercolour at the Mall Galleries and the same subject: a Norfolk round tower church. Could this be a clue to latest trend in popular subject matter? ...or just a coincidence? Here it is: All Saints, Freethorpe. A lovely church with a large Norman tower.
...and here it is finished - although I always look at the finished artwork the next day when you tend to be more objectve and make a few adjustments. It has, once again, ended up rather fussy and over detailed but I tend to overwork a painting when I have too much time!
I'm looking forward to the next study of the Bargate Monument.
Here is St Michael's pretty much in all its glory. Again, as with Tudor House there are no shadows to act as depth codes and so all the "modelling" is achieved through the use of subtle tones across the image. This helps to describe the architecture to the viewer and its relationship to its position and surroundings. All that's left is to make it "earthbound"!
...and of course I had to sketch a delightful church nestling on the corner of St Mary's Axe in contrast to the high tech steel and glass which dominates this part of the city.
St Michael's Church is the oldest building in Southampton still in use today. It was originally founded in 1070 and has surviving aspects dating back to this time. It is said that it survived war damage due to its spire, which was rebuilt in 1733, which was used during German bombing raids as a feature of navigation. The view I have chosen is the West end showing Norman pilaster buttresses and the 15 century doorway with marks of the original roof gable end before it was raised in 1828.
Again, there's no direct sunlight which means I can deal with subtle tones and textures in the stone and windows. This is about halfway through and has taken about 12 hours so far.
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