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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

View of Salisbury Plain - Wiltshire

I spent last weekend with friends who live in Wiltshire and have the most wonderful view of Salisbury Plain from their living room french windows. Here are a few quick sketches of the scene. 


Spot the Bee Hive




Sunday, 23 April 2017

Sketching Norwich Castle

Norwich Urban sketchers group met up at the Castle today. The sunshine was intermittent but lovely when out. I decided to sketch the castle from outside the front gates. I had lots of fun playing with my water spray bottle for the first time.  I used it to wet the paper first and apply inktense pencils which made them flow smoothly across the paper. Spraying my sketch after using a black non waterproof marker pen allowed the lines to bleed and create a more painterly effect. We finished the afternoon with a lovely blueberry scone and tea in the castle cafe. Really enjoyable day catching up and meeting new sketchers.   

















Friday, 14 April 2017

Shortlisted for Sketch Open 2017 Touring Exhibition.

I am thrilled to have been shortlisted for the Sketch Open 2017 drawing prize exhibition at The Rabley Centre in Marlborough in wiltshire. There were over 500 applications from around the world and 100 sketchbooks selected for a touring exhibition at the following places. Great to be in the same company with James Hobbs. 


Rabley Drawing Centre, Marlborough,  21 May – 17 June 2017
Black Swan Arts, Frome,  22 July – 3 September 2017
Plymouth College of Art, Plymouth, 9 September – 6 October 2017
Peter Scott Gallery, Lancaster University, 20 November – 15 December 201










Monday, 10 April 2017

Old sketch from 27 years ago!

I was having a good clear out recently and I came across this lovely sketch I did about 27 years ago at a playground when I was on my degree in Norwich. I can remember sketching the little girl chilling with her granny.



Sunday, 19 March 2017

Blustery day for the Norwich Urban Sketchers meet up at Britannia Cafe today


John Poole Sketching the view of Norwich.

Had a lovely afternoon sketching at Cafe Britannia which has fantastic views of Norwich. It is located around Mousehold Heath a great place for walking. The cafe itself has an interesting history. It used to be Britannia Barracks and is now a prison.  The cafe is staffed by low risk prisoners that have volunteered to learn new skills and make a fresh start. It was really busy and the cakes were delicious.

View of Cafe Britannia. Its much bigger than my sketch suggests.


First attempt at the view only capturing the lower half

View of Norwich Cathedral from Mousehold Heath


Spikey Bracken in the foreground.





Friday, 10 March 2017

One week100 people sketch challenge complete!

Challenge completed! I managed to sketch 100 people in Norwich this week. I think that is quite an achievement! Didn't think I would manage it!! Really loved taking part. I was at the remarkable theatre of the Everyday !! Great people and characters!! Today I found a prime spot in cafe Nero which looked out onto Norwich Market. Great place to sketch full of life and colour. I went out without my pencil case today but luckily had one black non-permanent fine liner in my bag so I had to use that.When I got back home I used a water brush pen to bleed the lines which turn a lovely grey/ blue colour. I added a splash of colour using my Tombow duel tip pens. Last few sketches to get up to 100 people was at the bus stop on my way home and at coffee van. #oneweek100people2017.











Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Day 3 - #oneweek100people2017 - Norwich Bus Station

I had a lot of catching up to do today as I was at work yesterday and didn't get a chance to sketch. I decided to keep with theme of travel and to carry on using pencil. I sat in the station cafe next to the window with a cuppa tea and spent a few hours capturing the flow of buses and travellers. I definitely improved as I went along gaining more confidence with the mark making. I sketched about 30 people which leaves about 40 for the next couple of days!!