27 April

Today’s tutor at PEDAS was Tony Paul who showed us his method of drawing a self portrait. Tony uses a grid system to get an accurate likeness, not a method I have used before but it certainly helped me to create a portrait I am happy with. There was som great work created by members as you can see in the photos.

24 April

I went to see Nick Mason’s Saucerful of secrets at the Royal Albert Hall last night. A great evening of music and light that took me right back to when I was 17, a few years ago! We had great views from a box right in front of the stage so I tried a couple of sketches. Unfortunately it was much too dark to see what I was doing so they are a little messy. Thanks to Cliff for organising our trip and Mark and Lyndsey for making it special.

21 April

We had a coach trip to the Mall galleries yesterday to see the Royal Institute of Watercolours annual exhibition. It was very inspirational and I came away with lots of ideas to try. I also paid a quick visit to the National Gallery and managed some sketching in Trafalgar Square and St James Park. Altogether a very good day.

Trafalgar Square
St James Park

19 April

Our model at Broadstone Art Society this morning was Icelandic. Lovely Edda has moved to the UK and is starting as a job as a nursery assistant before doing a teacher training course. It was great to have a pretty young model to paint.


18 April

Day 7 of 30 faces in 30 days with Beats Newbold. I have to confess that I didn’t follow the tutorial as I didn’t have some of the materials and I have overworked it again. . I am a long way behind with this challenge, Easter has been busy!

16 April

Today Broadstone Art Society had a stand at the Broadstone musical market in the High Street. To help promote the club’s activities a couple of us were sketching. I chose to sketch the people enjoying the sunshine outside Mark Bennett’s Patisserie.