A beautiful Spring day for this month's Cambridge sketchcrawl and there was a big group at this fascinating venue.
The Museum of Cambridge is a hidden treasure trove of artifacts with collections including household objects, paintings and toys all with masses of interesting local history. It is set in an old coaching inn from the 17th century next to Kettle's Yard on Castle Hill complete with (unlit) open fire for the punters and a space where the drinks were held.
It was a very popular venue with so much to draw and afterwards we moved on to share our sketchbooks and chat at the Castle Inn.
Today I went with a couple of pre-prepared, double pages to give my drawings a bit of colour as paint is definitely not allowed in a museum. My first sketch was in the kitchen where loads of old paraphernalia was laid out including irons, items on a range, cupboards full of outdated equipment and the collection of sweet shop jars that I drew standing up with my book balanced on the palm of my hand.
My second drawing was right at the top of the building from the only window that was not covered by a white blind. The view was of the beautiful terraced houses on Northampton Street with a distant view of a St John's tower wrapped in scaffolding and, loud with buses and cars trying to get into the city.
As always going sketching with this group of fellow sketchers was an absolute delight and I am already looking forward to next month.
Painter living in Cambridge. Mixes fantasy and realism and loves medieval art.
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