Farindola – May 16 – Urban Sketchers on steps

May 20, 2016

What a fantastic five days of sketching we have just had in Farindola, Abruzzo, Italy.

Ten of us flew to Pescara and one came by train from Switzerland. After one hour’s transfer we arrived to a warm welcome from Thomas and Marco at the beautiful B&B Altrocanto  This is where half the guests stayed and where we dined for three nights on delicious locally sourced food. (Gnocchi with asparagus and Pecorino cheese cream, parpardella filled with ricotta and artichoke…..) Our evening meals were one of the highlights of this short stay!

Elayne’s family house was home for the rest of the group and we loved our home from home with amazing views over the valley.

The Spring came and went with in Farindola before we arrived but it continued to test us with sunshine and rain, quite a lot of rain, but Carmen, Chris, Glenda, Ivan, Karen, Klim, Anne, Debra, Val and Birgit came to sketch and so they did! They also climbed mountains, took tea with Maria, had a birthday party, cooked a fantastic meal, attended a private showing with the artist Paul Critchley and viewed properties for sale!!

Most sketched in concertina sketchbooks which really lend themselves to the winding streets and mountain panorama views. You can see some beautiful pages here.

Next sketching week is September 24th-29th. Coming?

City cranes

Mar 25, 2016

City Cranes

Sold at The John Russell Gallery also going to a home  in East Anglia

On our way home

Mar 25, 2016

On Our Way home

Sold at the private view, going to a home in ‘John Constable country’


Feb 22, 2016


I really love seeing all my work framed in this ‘gun metal’ grey. Anthony Coe at The John Russell Gallery has been working on these for the last month. They are beautifully done.

Silent boatyard

Feb 6, 2016

Silent Boatyard

I have been grounded since October! Very little socialising  or travel – unless you count the walking up and down the garden to my studio. the grass has turned to mud and there is a long paper trail to the back door, although I have loved the discipline of a deadline and challenging myself to working on a bigger scale, introducing soft greys, rusty oranges and dirty yellows to my work.

The theme that reoccurs is the urban shoreline of boats, harbours, docklands.


Feb 6, 2016

City Cranes

Cranes, diggers and docks are appearing in my work, I am drawn to the soaring angles, bright paint and balletic balance of these immense, towering structures.  So much demolition and rebuilding is going on around the station and city centre of Cambridge, I am often seen gazing at the cranes like a child in front of a Christmas tree!

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