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The Big Draw goes Psychedelic

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Pyschedia alive and well in Newcastle’s Borough Museum and Gallery

A short post here as the art speaks so well for itself! Been getting stuck into The Big Draw with a few other members of Gallery at 12, home of Staffordshire Artists Co-operative.

It’s been a delight to meet these lively, creative youngsters – they need no encouragement, only coloured chalks and papers and they are off. Newcastle Borough Museum and Gallery have done a great job hosting this drawing event throughout half-term.

Saturday and our first artist Ashton with his beautiful drawing.
Ashton with his beautiful drawing.

Saturday’s star was Ashton, our first artist of the week who really set the standard high.

Monday’s star was Charlotte – or rather ‘Team Charlotte’ with their much admired triptych:

Oakley drawings
The Oakley Triptych
Serious stuff from this table...
Serious stuff from this table…’Team Charlotte’ with Craig and Wayne from Gallery at 12

Today, Thursday, was full of activity but the work of these three young artists made a great splash of colour on the walls.

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Natalia, Isabel and Georgia pin their work up in the gallery today.
kids drawings at borough Museum and gallery
Wall of Colour
hens
Hens were a universal favourite.

As any grad student of #SketchBookSkul knows, all mornings spent drawing is followed by a pick me up sketch

As any grad student of #SketchBookSkool knows, a morning spent drawing is best followed by a pick-me-up coffee and yes, another sketch. Cheers Embassy Grind – great new destination for us here in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

Thanks for reading.

Ronnie

Every Picture Tells a (short) Story

Now my story begins
Stoke Station. Are you sitting comfortably?

Getting back in the groove can be an effort, but it’s always helped by a brew. It’s been a while since I wrote here but it’s time to return to the sketch book. I have had 10th October 2015 in the diary for some time as it is the first #ArchitectureDrawingDay, set up by the RIBA as part of The Big Draw.

This year’s theme for the Big Draw is ‘Every Picture Tells a Story’. I packed my pencil case and took off to London to draw a few more sights on the Holloway Road, the old A1, that Great North Road.

No better sight at Euston, than the 253 which heads out to Nags Head:

pen and ink drawing of 253 bus
Hop on the 253 bus at Euston Station
pen and ink sketches
Quick wobbly thumbnail bus stop sketches from the top of the No 253 to Hackney Central
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A window, a carved flower on a stone detail
sketches form the bus
More bites of bus stops

Hopped off the bus at the Nag’s Head and foundĀ  a bench free opposite this lovely frontage. The sun was out, so I pitched up to draw.

Boots Chemist Holloway road
414 Holloway Road, the building above Boots the Chemist

A few hours later, I made my way down the road for a bite to eat where I could continue drawing outside but under awnings. Had a tasty lunch at Constolia – and drew this domed character opposite. I have no idea about its history – have you? I would love to hear from you if you can shed some light on the building.

View from Highbury Corner, Holloway
View from Highbury Corner, Holloway

Festac nightclub and Holloway Mosque sit below this red brick and stone building – for an intriguing insight into this hot-spot corner of the Holloway Road, have a read of Islington Now .

Then, only a few hours later and it’s time to go home. This time back on the number 29 bus.

thumbnail sketches
Home run bus stops
pub man chatting
Cahtting man having a cigarette outside a pub in Camden

Thats all for now. I will say goodbye with the back of a very fine London bus.

Been such a tonic to spend the day with #ArchitectureDrawingDay.

london bus
Back of the snappily designed Heatherwick Bus

Thanks for reading

Ronnie