On Wednesday the 9th of July I was at the Hyde Park Festival, sketching 2 shows for the fantastic Chickenshed troupe: “London Bridge” and “Doctor Hallux”, both performed at the Heineken Theatre. A great experience – it’s such a tricky thing to try and capture movement and expression as the show is actually on I stand at the back with my easel, scribbling furiously and trying to hold fleeting moments in my head long enough to get them down on paper. I ended up with about 30 drawings over the course of the morning, so a real speed training. The shows are wonderful, energetic and involving.
For more information on future shows, have a look here: ChickenShed
On Saturday the 24th of May I went to ChickenShed Theatre, together with some fellow artists from the North London Artist Network. Chicken Shed is an inclusive theatre company, with a permanent base on Cat Hill, near Cockfosters. Their website says this:
“Our vision is a society that enables everyone to flourish and our mission is to create entertaining and outstanding theatre that celebrates diversity and inspires positive change.
Where difference can divide, at Chickenshed the difference makes the art.
Chickenshed is an inclusive theatre company that first began in 1974. Primarily based at our own purpose-built venue in North London, we create theatre for all ages and run successful outreach projects, education courses and membership programmes throughout the year. Read more about our aims.”
You can find out more here, but it is a fantastic place with a great vibe.
The sketches are all, of necessity, done quickly, but it is a wonderful experience; seeing the show, trying to catch the moment, sketching away in the corner. We all enjoyed it and we will be doing it again!
Out again in High Barnet painting local scenes. There are always a number of people who come and comment when one paints outdoors and today was no exception: several shoppers, a Japanese student, a local historian and assorted children. I like it. They nearly all offer advice and, what I like most, they often look up at the scene you’re painting with fresh eyes, as if they hadn’t quite noticed it until then. So generally, I find it charming.
The cold weather is back and, in preparation for a painting trip to Snowdonia, I’ve been out sketching in the cold. It certainly makes you paint faster than a lovely summer’s day! I’m planning to walk into the hills in North Wales, so I think I’ll take a thermarest chair, thermos and my tiny tent, so I can stay warm!! This is of a beautiful tree and building off Hadley Green:
A great day out with Mick Kirkbride – a morning round the National Gallery and then an afternoon sketching in St. James’ Park. I found a quiet place above the cafe and did 2 quick sketches trying to capture the light filtering through the trees above the pond:
A trip to Norfolk and I grabbed a moment to paint in Orford. Bad planning meant I had to use seawater, which left a sandy residue in the water bottle, so probably on the drawing too – but it was a perfect day, notwithstanding the forecast of rain…