Thursday, 21 November 2019

I haven't posted in a while. 2 sessions with Chalk_Collective.

The first was from the bar of the Hilton Hotel at Southend airport.  The bar overlooks the runway, the large windows meant for a challenging session as there were lots of reflections.   Last night we went back to the Railway Pub.  The jazz is always good and we were a bigger group than usual.






Thursday, 15 August 2019

I thought I had posted these.

Last month we went to Benfleet Creek, and were supposed to go back last night, I even had my spot picked out but... bad weather meant an evening in the Railway Pub... which was no bad thing!


Instead of Benfleet Creek, the Railway Pub.

We were supposed to go back to Benfleet Creek and Barge Gladys but the bad weather meant we went back to the Railway Pub.  No hardship as the live jazz was amazing.




Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Sunday, 27 January 2019

first opportunity to sketch in months.

I went with a school group to Anbo Mountain yesterday, a two hour ride away,  so the kids could ski   and snow board... the alps it is not but...the kids had a blast whilst I sat inside...


Saturday, 8 September 2018

Making the most of the good weather whilst it lasts

It is going to get really, really cold soon so I am  making the most of getting out and about when I can.   Relying on a camera more than sketching very often as I am with  other people and time is limited.  I did quick sketches at a coffee shop in Longshon with Michelena, in Dalian whilst waiting to get my hair cut and today sketched the sun flowers in Blueberry Farm which is right behind the building where teachers  are housed.   It was overrun with photographers shouting instructions to brides in ridiculous frilly nylon dresses whilst their grooms fussed with ill fitting cheap suits.  This is big business in China and this area seems to attract dozens... as soon as they finished takes in the sun flowers another group drove up. 









Saturday, 18 August 2018

First opportunity to sketch in China

On Saturday late afternoon school organised a beach barbecue at  Golden Pebble Beach.   The guy at the umbrella in front of us  was out for the count on his lounger chair and as I was finishing the sketch a couple turned up for their wedding photographs which turned into the entertainment for the evening.  When I work out how to send photos from my phone I will post, as it got dark the bride was strung with light bulbs... the evening finished with  the inevitable fireworks.  Food appeared and all thoughts of sketching vanished.