Thursday, July 25, 2013

Monday, July 22, 2013

Awaiting delivery

The world’s media is gathered outside St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London awaiting the birth of a new Royal baby. 
With more ladders than B&Q and a host of perfected poised TV presenters, they are waiting expectantly for news.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Sydenham Artists Trail 2013 - Numbers 14, 17 and 29

 Number 14
Work by Fay Watson, Sarah Perry and David Matthews in a 17th century house on the High Street.
 David Matthews designs and makes striking contemporary jewellery.
Fay Watson demonstrating wood engraving.

Number 17
Sculpture and a chance to watch a demonstration at 11am


 Number 29

Ceramics from Fin Orrom Carr and glass from Muna Zuberi.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Creative forces at work

Today I sketched some of the Croydon creatives as they met to discuss an exciting magazine project in Matthew’s Yard, Croydon.

Follow their progress on twitter @CDN_zine

Monday, July 8, 2013

'The Remarkable Race of 1913'

Mayow Park in Sydenham, London was taken over yesterday by a group of weird and wonderful vehicles and their drivers as actors from ‘Spontaneous Productions’ put on a very entertaining show, ‘The Remarkable Race of 1913’ as part of this year’s Sydenham Arts Festival.  Billed as ‘an Edwardian Wacky Races’ it was real theatre in the round as the action took place using the park as a race track, with the 
audience very involved, particularly the hordes of children chasing the creative contraptions.

Some of the hats and costumes in the park.

 Trying to get a better view.

Perfect weather for ice creams!

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Break out the strawberries!

Strawberries picked from the garden on the day that Andy Murray becomes the Wimbledon Men’s Champion, 77 years after the last British winner Fred Perry.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Sydenham Artists Trail 2013 Numbers 2, 5 and 7

Number 2
Lots of lovely stylish prints, textiles and homeware in a fabulous setting by roddy&ginger.  I sketched the studio area with shelves neatly stacked with pots of specially mixed inks and paint.  There are special Artist Trail prices on lots of items and if you can’t get along in person, take a look at the website at

Open Sunday 7th July ONLY
Number 5 
The ‘Architects collective’ are showing prints, paintings, photographs and 3D work in a lovely house and garden.  I sketched the sculpture made by Daniel Goldberg from old palettes.  Set amongst the flowers in the garden, it gave the impression that the fish were swimming through a brightly coloured coral reef.

Open Sunday 7th, Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th July.

Number 7
St Bartholomew’s church is exhibiting ‘Angels - a unique collection of 60 life-size figures based on classic depictions of angels in art.’  You can find out more about the collection here

While I was there, rehearsals were underway for an upcoming concert ‘A Gallery of Song’, happening on Friday July 12th as part of the Sydenham Arts Festival.  Billed as a ‘multi-media recital of songs and instrumental music, you can find out more here 
Open Sunday 7th, Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th July.        

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Wandle Park

Wandle Park, just outside the centre of Croydon, is being officially opened this Saturday July 6th after a major refurbishment.   There is a free celebration event aimed at families and you can see the full timetable here
The park has been in existence for 123 years and you can read all about it here

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

sketching 'Nursery Rhyme Time'

Sketches from today’s ‘Nursery Rhyme Time’ at the Grow Mayow Community Garden in Sydenham.
Find out more about the Grow Mayow project at

Monday, July 1, 2013

Not quite Wimbledon

People of all ages were making the most of the deckchairs and free live screening of the tennis in Wimbledon town centre today. I sketched as Laura Robson played Kaia Kanepi to try and reach the quarterfinals.