Tag Archives: Architecture drawings

Drawing Eccleshall, Staffordshire

Stone Road Eccleshall, pen and ink stage
Stone Road Eccleshall, pen and ink stage

Some months ago, I began drawing out the bones of Stone Road, in Eccleshall, Staffordshire. This is an architectural gem of a market town, packed full of Georgian and Victorian buildings.

All the streets I choose to draw have some personal meaning for me. This part of the Stone Road sits opposite Eccleshall Police Station, a tiny spot which is engraved in my memory…Some years ago, my husband got knocked off his bike whilst out cycling nearby. He was whisked off to A&E and lived to tell the tale but his bike ended up in Eccleshall police station where I later went to collect it. Of course I was really upset about the bumped bike but what really cheered me up was the sight of this elegant row of cottages.

Stone road Eccleshall
Row of Georgian cottages in Eccleshall, Staffordshire, part of the conservation area.

I will write more about this on another day but thought I would let you know that work is in progress on this delightful Staffordshire market town.

egg tempera wash on Stone Road
First wash of colour using egg tempera – English Red Light and English Ochre

This is a work in progress picture taken this evening. Just an idea of what is on the drawing board as well as my drawings along the Holloway Road.

Plenty more drawings of Eccleshall in the pipeline….thanks for reading!

  • Ronnie
Pencil drawing of Eccleshall High Street
Pencil sketch of Eccleshall High Street

Sketches from the North

pen and ink sketch of Loch Lomond seaplane
Waiting for our turn on the Loch Lomond seaplane

In between drawing streets and icon diploma course work, I love to sketch whenever I get a spare moment. It means that waiting for the dentist, or whatever, is now a great way of really looking at life going on around me. So waiting for our turn on a seaplane trip was one well worth recording. The flight was actually a present for Iain’s birthday back in February, but funnily enough, we ended up flying on my birthday!

We have just had a week on holiday up on Speyside in Morayshire, Scotland. It was wonderful but the best way of telling you about it is to share a few sketches.

Letterbox drawing
Enjoying a drink outside Sartis Italian Restaurant in Glasgow
Sartis glasgow sketch
Bottles on the shelves in Sartis Italian reastuarant, Glasgow
Willow tea Rooms Glasgow
Willow Tea Rooms, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow. Beautiful details on this Charles Rennie Mackintosh building.
Gutters cast iron
Beautiful gutters
scottish delicacies
Taste of all things Scottish!
view from Loch lomond sea plane
Bird’s eye view from the Loch Lomond Sea Plane – stunning!

Thanks for reading! Stay well.

Flying the Colours for Crohns

Our son John was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease at 14. At the time we had no real idea of what that meant other than the leaflets published by the charity now known as Crohns and Colitis UK and from support by medical staff.

Family pic
John with Dad, Mum and Aunty Meggie

John had two operations during his teens to manage symptoms and it gradually dawned on us just how debilitating this illness can be. It is an ongoing condition that occurs in painful ‘flare-ups’ but in spite of this, John has dealt with it, gone on to study Architecture at UCL and has just graduated with First Class Honours. We are incredibly proud of him and wish him all the best as he embarks on his year in practice.

So, to share our delight at this news, I am donating all proceeds from the framed Bishy Road Limited Edition fine art print 2/199 to Crohn’s and Colitis UK as a small tribute to the courage of youngsters having to deal with this disease.

Blossom Street Gallery and Framing have the framed print on display. It is one of 12 large sized signed prints (1.6 m long) and is on sale at £295.

Blossom Street Framing & Gallery
Alice Ross of the Blossom Street Gallery, York, displaying the framed Bishy Road picture.

Further limited edition fine art giclee signed prints are available to order through myself or Blossom Street Gallery and Framing, York, YO24 1A. The gallery is offering a special 10% discount on framing Bishy Road prints. 

Unframed print no’s 1 – 12 are 1550mm long (£195 RRP), print no’s 13-100 are 1200mm (£119 unframed) and no’s 101-199 are 600mm (£48).

Thanks for reading!

Crohns logo
Fundraising in aid of Crohns and Colitis UK

Crohn’s and Colitis UK is the working name of the National Association for Colitis and Crohn’s Disease (NACC) which is a registered charity – Number 1117148 (England and Wales) and SC038632 (Scotland)

Stoke Artist scores a City Blinder!

Time for something a little different.  I am writing this on the train back to Stoke-on-Trent after attending the RBA’s preview of their 2014 Annual exhibition at the Mall Galleries in the heart of London. What treat! Our own Stoke artist David Brammeld’s four selected pieces were on display, but the highlight of the evening was to witness him pick up the Alfred Daniels’ Personal Favourite Award for ‘Empty Corner Shop – Harveys’. Stoke has arrived in the City! I was close to bursting out with a verse of Delilah – Congratulations David! This is terrific recognition and acknowledgement of a person who is dedicated not only to his art but to capturing evocative fragments of Stoke’s fast disappearing architecture.

David Brammeld with selected works for the Mall Galleries RBA Exhibition 2014
David Brammeld with selected works for the Mall Galleries RBA Exhibition 2014

For those of us who attend Dave’s drawing classes in Newcastle-under-Lyme, you should be proud of him! He is far too modest to crow about his work, but when an artist in our midst gets recognition at this level, this exciting news has to be shared!

David Brammeld's four selected artworks, Clockwise top leftWorking mens Club, Derelict newsagent, Empty Corner Shop,- Harveys (Prizewinner), Working Mens Club
David Brammeld’s four selected artworks, Clockwise from top left: Working Mens’ Club, Derelict Newsagent, Empty Corner Shop – Harveys (Award winner), Working Mens Club.

Andrew Marr gave an enthusiastic introduction to the presentation with heartfelt acknowledgement of those artists up and down the country who put so much into their art and in particular drawing. Andrew expressed how drawing is often the best part of his day and indeed is forming an important part of his recovery as he meets life full on through his drawings.

Andrew Marr prior to his presentation
Andrew Marr prior to his presentation

If you are in London between the 5-15th March, I strongly recommend you pop into the Mall Galleries, they are just round the corner from Trafalgar Square. There is a wide range of art on display including my own favourites: drawing, pen and ink, etchings, prints, woodcuts and engravings. These really are fantastic examples from the best of our contemporary artists.

The RBA also give a lot of support to younger artists in partnership with NADFAS and the Dover Federation for the Arts. There is a great display of some remarkable pieces by A Level students.  Go and see!

A great turn out for a fantastic show! Mall Galleries RBA 2014 Exhibition
A great turn out for a fantastic preview!