[by Marion Rivolier in Paris] Each year, Urban Sketchers France, the group of French sketchers organizes a national meeting. This year, it was in Dijon, a beautiful and picturesque city in Burgundy. On Saturday, I start painting the “scenographic” house, a large curving courtyard, offering a real theater to visitors. The blue door is surmounted by an […]
[By James Hobbs in London] “When the world wearies and society ceases to satisfy, there is always the garden,” as the Minnie Aumonier quote goes. London’s garden squares, which I have blogged about before, can play the same calming role as a place of refuge and reflection. To sit in the 300-year-old St James’s Square […]
[Guest Post by Jose de Juan in Vancouver] After living in the UK for a couple of years I moved to Vancouver for work. Where London was a sketcher’s paradise with its variety of people, public transport, and monuments, Vancouver seemed a bit void of texture by comparison. But with some time to explore, its […]
[By Marcia Milner-Brage, in Cedar Falls, Iowa, USA] In autumn, the change of the season is always a shock, a poignant time, here in the Upper Midwest. In the first days of November, even with the waning light, tuberous begonias were at their peak in outside window boxes; my kitchen garden was still supplying peppers […]
These sketches were done at a private home in Northern San Diego. The owner had beautiful flowers and large boulders throughout the garden.
Not much to report from Rome in the new year apart from that the beautiful city and it’s ruins are still standing on. On a more serious side, it was a pleasure to rediscover the beauty of Watteu’s trois crayons technique- involving just three colours. The discovery seriously lightened my sketching gear and allowed for […]
Bonne année mes chers amis. Je vous souhaite à tous santé et bonheur. Bien sûr, comme je l'ai dit ici, la nouvelle année commence avec le printemps en Iran. Aujourd'hui, il neige à Ispahan après environ 3 ans et les gens sont très heureux. J'ai décidé de vous montrer quelques-unes de mes nouvelles œuvres de Chehel Sotoun [...]
Just north of Los Angeles is Descanso Gardens, a lovely botanical garden in the foothills. My favorite part is the Japanese Garden, which hosts an annual fall festival. I am crazy about kimonos, and went to sketch a kimono show put on by the Los Angeles Kimono Club…and learned a few things about kimono dressing. […]
In the beginning of September on my way back from Cascais (Lisbon area), I came across this intriguing building that made me get off the train to go investigate (and draw …). It´s the Champalimaud Foundation headquarters, located along the waterfront in Pedrouços, that besides the surrounding gardens, has a secluded tropical garden inside, of […]
19×19 cm, huile sur panneau, 2012 Regardez, le visiteur avisé de Londres - c'est mon deuxième meilleur endroit pour prendre l'essence de l'Angleterre au milieu de l'est de Londres (le premier meilleur est la maison de Dennis Severer, désolé Geffrye Museum) ; les intérieurs pittoresques d'époque, les jardins et le thé de l'après-midi - tout est là et le bon [...].