My daughter caught me sketching in the garden.
She gets used to seeing me with a sketchbook in my hand wherever she finds me. I get completely focused when I am drawing and often don't notice anyone coming up beside me. Time flies by too.
I don't have great deal of equipment: somewhere to sit, a small pencil case, a set of 12 Rembrandt watercolours, some water and a bit of kitchen paper and I am happy.
I really missed Cambridge Open Studios last year so I shall enjoy it even more this July.
I shall be exhibiting for 3 weekends but not all at the same place.
On 10 & 11 July and 17 & 18 July, I shall be joining other fellow artists at the glorious Pitt Building on Trumpington Road, Cambridge CB2 1SJ. It is situated opposite Fitzbillies so please visit us either before or after you you have eaten one of their famous Chelsea Buns.
On the final week of Open Studios I will be back in my own studio at 309 Milton Road, CB4 1XQ, follow the yellow flag opposite Kendal Way. I shall have some copper and silver leaf available so you can have a go at gilding.
During Lockdown 2 and 3 I made a sketch every day about what was happening around me, be it where I visited on my daily walks, the drawings I made with my classes on Zoom or the politics of the day. During the lockdowns a new president was sworn in and an old one caused chaos; there were the daily briefings as we saw the infection rates and death rates rise and fall and the 'roadmap' was introduced.
I have made a book of Lockdown 2 which lasted 27 days and Lockdown 3 which lasted 167 days. Both will be for sale at my open studios. I would love to hear your opinions. My sketches featured in the Cambridge Independent on 3 July and I was delighted that one of my drawing 'Sausage Wars' was blown up to cover a full page. There was also an article about Open Studios and a photo of me!
I posted my drawings each day online and you can see them here:
I look forward to meeting you at one of the days and one of the events.
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