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Burslem Regenerates

East end of Market Place, Burslem, south side
East end of Market Place, Burslem, south side

Just a short post this time as I am about to head off to a big family gathering. Thought you might like to see a few more drawings which I have completed and posted over on the main website www.drawingthestreet.co.uk.  I would be delighted if you would click over and have a look.

Before you head over, a few words about the Post Office on Market Place, Burslem, below. This was a project which the Burslem Regeneration Company and my former workplace, Horsley Huber Architects had a hand in reshaping together with the owner.

Although the reinstatement of the original window layout is a relatively small job in the building industry, I do have an idea of the background work that has gone on behind the scenes by all parties to make this happen, there is more than meets the eye!

That said, this building now looks so much better and you can really see the overall impact when you look at the street as a whole.

Burslem Post Office, the Leopard, Market Place
Post Office and the Leopard pub, Market Place, Burslem
Burslem Post Office before the conservation work began in June 2011
Burslem Post Office before the conservation work began in June 2011

Moving down towards the west end of Market Place, there is a narrow gap, Market Passage where there is a faded mural.

Burslem Bear Market Place
The Burslem Bear

I would never have noticed the Burslem Bear had I not drawn this! A sign of Burslem’s history…

the Burslem Bear
The Burslem Bear
Market Place, Burslem
Market Place, Burslem

That’s all for now, thanks for reading.

 

 

 

Bishy Road York

Happy New Year!

Yes, I know, a slow start but I am gradually getting back into my drawing stride.

I have just come back from a weekend in York, visiting family in my old home town and taking a fresh look at some of the York streets that I would like to draw over the course of the coming year. There is one particular street in York which I love to visit, known fondly by the locals as the Bishy Road.

Millies, Pig and Pastry Bishy Road
Millies, Pig and Pastry Bishy Road

It is a good step away from the tourist hot spots but it is always buzzing! Hardly surprising when there are so many great independent outlets such as the Pig and Pastry and Cycle Heaven – the latter is always a big attraction for my husband whenever we visit.

Cycle Heaven Bishy Road
Cycle Heaven Bishy Road

What really strikes me as the key to this thriving street is the great community spirit and the handy, reasonably priced car park alongside.

Park and shop on the Bishy Road
Park and shop on the Bishy Road

It was great this Christmas when we had free car parking here in our town of Newcastle-under-Lyme, more please! Let’s support our local communities wherever we are by providing access to our town centre shops.

So here is a flavour of street drawings to come and if you do visit York, don’t forget to have a look at Bishopthorpe Road, it’s a ten minute walk south of Clifford’s Tower and Skeldergate Bridge. Right, time to sharpen my pencils and get sketching!

Trinacria Sicilian Cafe Bar Feb 2013
Trinacria Sicilian Cafe Bar
Feb 2013

Gift box sets of ‘Ironmarket in Summer’ postcards

We are now into the second week in Advent and here is a suggestion for a Christmas present with a local theme.

A limited edition gift box set of 10 post cards is now available to buy from the Library on the Ironmarket, Newcastle-under-Lyme and from the Borough Museum and Art Gallery.  Images have been taken along the entire length of the prize winning drawing ‘Ironmarket in Summer’ and are printed on fine art quality, satin finished cards. They are a neat A6 size: 165 x 116 x 17mm and are raffia tied with a tag of a mini image of the Ironmarket in summer.

Recommended Retail price is £15 though this may vary according to outlet’s overheads and commission.

Ironmarket gift box ten postcards

Gift box set open, box size is A6 165x116x17mm
Gift box set open, box size is A6 165x116x17mm

Ironmarket ten postcards

There are only 100 sets available so to reserve a set to collect from the library, please let me know by filling in the comment box below.

New Hat

Hello friends, family and visitors to the Library,

I think I will have to get a new hat as my favourite won’t fit at this rate…So many compliments! Thank you very much to all those of you who have made the time to visit the Newcastle-Under-Lyme Library exhibition, on Ironmarket. I am relieved to read that those who have kindly commented have felt that the visit was worthwhile. Also, lovely to hear about the old buildings around Maxim’s. Does anyone else have any insights or old memories of the the streets that have been drawn? There is a feedback form midway below.

The exhibition dates have been extended and it will stay up until 30th November, due to the cancellation of the exhibitor straight after me – I understand he is unwell so hope he is feeling better soon.

Greetings cards are now on sale at the library, ask at the counter. Some illustrate additional drawings to those on display and a few samples below:

Sunshine over Well Street
Sunshine over Well Street

Below are some of the comments received about the exhibition, full names withheld.

So impressed by the magnitude and detail of the whole project- your talent is amazing! What a wonderful way to open our eyes to the buildings around. Thank you.   RH

Ronnie Cruwys,you’ve really got your act together with these local scenes. Very, very good, lots of interest, lots of detail. Top drawer! GJ

Your drawings are amazing, taking care of the tiny details made it the drawings as if they are documenting the streets very well, also the scale and dimensions are very true. It was nice to meet you too. YK

Fantastic detailing, great use of colour makes the town look like a place you’d like to shop in (what a pity it isn’t). Spread your wings, other streets, a focus on certain buildings (pubs might be popular) maybe these pics could inspire great things in Newcastle!

Absolutely beautiful- keep up the good work. Great historical pictures (for our future children)!  Would be great to see Kidsgrove captured in this way! CC

Fantastic artwork and an inspiration to have a go myself, good range of places covered too! L

‘High street’ in the sixties, as a young art student looking for somewhere to sketch. We went around the corner, right hand side of your drawing, lots of little shops down an entry around the back. The back door of the shop still had a pub glass half door with engraved decoration and I think the name of the pub. It might be worth checking. Beautiful and interesting work. Well done and what an interesting project. Love the colours. M&P


Stand with your back to St Giles. Look across the dual carriageway to what used to be maxims night club. This used to be the old catholic club and overspill rooms for St Marys school. Also it was the Old Pomona pub. When they took Evans sweet factory down behind it, they discovered that there was a courtyard and had been a coaching Inn. P and I both went to St Martin’s overspill rooms and played round the lovely old tree in the middle of the yard. By the left hand side of Maxims is a building that used to be Sweethearts, if you look up on the left hand side of the building you will see the built in shop name and on the edge and corners two beautiful vases of fruit and flowers. Phew!   M

I don’t think I’ve ever seen your sketches before I’m really impressed, but not surprised. They have a playful quality about them, especially “Ironmarket in the Summer”, I think it’s the minimal us of colour. I think Liverpool Road is my favourite overall.  MM

Superb, Ronnie, well done! It almost bought a tear to my eye as you have captured everything so well. So pleased also that you have won an award with the museum and the exhibition there over Christmas! I’ve also been looking at your website and that too is really impressive! There’s no stopping you now is there!!? GR

Drawings are superb. You need to do a book to accompany them. I am sure that this would sell like hot cakes. SH

This is good babes  N

I’ve had a look at the link and then to your website – all I can say is WOW.  AW

This exhibition is by far the best I have ever seen. The detail in all the drawings is beautiful to see.  S. S

Beautiful drawings, great detail, it’s amazing how much the look of the buildings reflects the area. NW

Wonderful! Perhaps a few ghosts of what was once there: the municipal building et al.  BM

Impressive display, a fresh look to the eye, love them.

Well done Ronnie, v. Interesting. How come ‘Newbould’ name is omitted from the finished drawing but on the sketch? A&J

This is to make up for the missing text on the finished drawing. Newbould Opticians.
This is to make up for the missing text on the finished drawing ‘Newbould Opticians’.

B and I love all of your pictures- think my favourite is Merrial Street- B’s favourite is Ironmarket. Love the sloping road leading up to the shops on Merrial Street. TG

Walking the Street!

Ironmarket takes its first walk from Jollies Arts shop to Newcastle Library. A big thank you to Terry who did a great job of framing this outsize piece.

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Third year Bartlett Architecture students, John and Marie, helped me assemble the exhibition and it is now up until 16th November.

From the Library it will move over to the Borough Museum and Art Gallery as part of their Christmas Exhibition.

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If you do visit, please let me know what you think about the drawings – comment slips are on the counter and help yourself to a postcard! Prints are available behind the counter. If what you would like isnt there, please contact me and I can order futher prints.

 

Ironmarket in Summer

Ironmarket in Summer

This is a section from my ‘Ironmarket in Summer’ drawing. The geraniums in the planters and begonias in the hanging baskets all looked so vibrant that I decided to do a 60% reduced size summer version of my original 2.8m long winter drawing to submit to the Borough Museum and Art Gallery’s open exhibition. This time, I applied all the tips picked up in Dave Brammeld’s drawing classes and used a heavier 300gsm watercolour paper. Most of the composition is in black and white, technical drawing pens Rotring .25 and .18 nibs, with Sumi ink wash. Colour highlights on flowers, windows and sky in egg tempera.
The drawing has been selected and will be shown in this years exhibition.