Monday, August 26, 2019

Gallery Late at Dulwich Picture Gallery

Dulwich Picture Gallery held a special ‘Gallery Late’ last week and I was lucky to have a ticket on what turned out to be a lovely warm summer evening.

I arrived early to draw ‘The Colour Palace’, the temporary pavilion built in the grounds of the gallery, designed and built by Yinka Ilori and Pricegore architects.

The evening’s events were inspired by the current exhibition, ‘Cutting Edge -Modernist British Printmaking’ and there were lots of workshops and activities to try. I had a go at 1930s fashion drawing and making a print. Also on offer were sewing, pottery and drawing activities. It’s not often as adults that you get the chance to ‘play’ like this and everyone seemed to be relishing the opportunity!

Also currently on display is the most beautiful paper cut artwork entitled ‘Sumi’ by Nabokov Kohima. Eight metres long and cut from a single sheet of paper, the crocodile hangs from the ceiling by countless threads, the top side painted black, the underside gold. It really is a stunning piece of work. 

Saturday, August 10, 2019

5 cafes with great views of Amsterdam

On my recent trip to Amsterdam, the weather was extremely hot, meaning I searched out cool places to sit and draw! Here are five cafes and restaurants, all reasonably priced which have great views of the city.

Third floor
Kalverpassage Shopping Centre

The Bar/Restaurant at the EYE Film Museum
1031 KT Amsterdam
*Get there by taking one of the free ferries from the back of Centraal Station

Roof Top Restaurant at the Nemo Science Museum
Oosterdok 2
1011 VX Amsterdam
1000 AK Amsterdam

Babel Restaurant on the 7th Floor at the OBA Library
Oosterdokskade 143
1011 DL Amsterdam

Zuid Roof terrace
Weesperstraat 105
1018 VN

*No drawing from here but well worth a visit.