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Bishy Road East meets West

Bishy road under construction
Bishy Road (East Side) taking shape

There is a sense of great relief when I complete a street drawing, even more so on completion of a pair. I have spent  the best part of 100 hours on each drawing from the early sketches to the drafts, the transfer and then ink then wash on the watercolour paper. With ink, there is no rubbing out mistakes so they get to stay!

Writing title on the Bishy Road drawing
Adding the lettering is the final stage

Plus we live with a nervous dog, two Burmese cats and a tortoise which combined can be quite a handful!

cat in paper
Paper weight cat-in-a-roll of drawing

Yes, I do shut the cats out but Norman can negotiate door handles, walls and windows with ease and he likes to help.

So the great Bishy Road is complete. It has been a joy to draw this street – the most interactive and sociable that I have done so far. My first contact with the street began last year with elevenses at the Pig and Pastry, where this drawing began. Since then, through connections on social media, I have gradually picked up the great warmth, humour, fun and sense of community spirit on this street from simple acts of kindness such as looking after a lost dog to the generous spirit in fundraising for various charitable causes. People care here. The photographer Karen Turner, has captured the energy of this street beautifully over on her blog – it’s well worth a look.

Millies, Pig and Pastry York
Bishy Road full of life even on a cold January mid-week morning – especially around the Pig and Pastry and Millies!

Furthermore, there is a real sense of belonging here which the Clementshall History Group demonstrates through their blog where you can see how several shops have survived with the same use for over 100 years – that is some achievement!

As my first drawing reached completion, Bishy Road greeted le Tour de France. Now, as I wrap up the second drawing, Bishy road have entered the competition for the best Great British High Street. I wish them every success – their sparkle is the result of combined hard work, vision and commitment.

The full length drawings of both sides of Bishy Road are shown on my website Drawing the Street and for detailed views of the buildings, please visit Drawing the Detail. The original drawing is just under 2 metres long and it is not easy to reduce the image down to a phone sized view unless I crop it – hence Drawing the Detail.

Limited edition (100 only) signed giclee fine art prints (unframed) will shortly be available for sale, three sizes, 60cm (£48) 1.2m (£119) and 1.5m (£195), through Blossom Street Gallery and Framing, please contact me for further information or to reserve one. Banners are also available by request – please contact me for a quote.

Thanks for reading and here’s to you Bishy Road!

 

The Smallest Room

Notice board in the Pig and Pastry Bishy road York
The Smallest Room

Taking a slightly different view of the street here, but still drawing! The Bishy Road has a thriving and active community which knows how to greet the Tour de France and throw a street party. I am quite pleased that I have discovered one tiny corner which speaks volumes about the secret of this community’s success – a noticeboard tucked away deep in the heart of the heart of the Bishy Road where everyone can see what’s on – without ever needing to go online. I will leave it to you to guess where it is!

bishy road Pig and pastry notice board
Creative hub of the Bishy Road

The cards and notices give a cross section of life in Clementhorpe: life drawing, yoga for adults and kids, piano lessons, playgroup, spanish lessons, gutters cleared, theatre shows, garden services, plumbing, counselling, kids coaching, kids creative workshops, acupuncture, reflexology, music nights, photography, events organiser, fish and chips – all the bases covered!

Pen and ink drawing Bishy road york
Notice board in the smallest room – somewhere on the Bishy Road

I will leave you with a flavour of the Bishy Road dressed up for the Tour de France and their street party which followed.

Yellow arrows for the tour de france
Showing the way to the cyclists in the Tour de France
Le tour de france york Bishy road
Bishy Road Street Party for the Tour de France
Cycle Heaven Bishy road York
Cycle Heaven, Bishy road
Bishy road kids on window
Party on the window tops!
Bishy road Party cancer Support
Bishy Road Street Party
Drawing the street Bishy Road
Bishy Road Street Artists
ig and Pastry
Pig and pastry sporting a spotty toaster

And finally – the whole drawing!

Pig and Pastry Notice board
If you have read this far then I can tell you it is inside the door of the smallest room in…the Pig and Pastry!

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