Category Archives: The Sketchbook Series

Tantalizing glimpses of (mostly) our members’ sketchbooks — and the occasional review of books about….sketchbooks!

Sketching on Stage with Oliver Lovley

  The Pitman Painters by Lee Hall In 1934 a group of Northumberland miners attended a WEA evening class in art appreciation. Struggling to understand the paintings they were presented with, they began to paint the everyday things they saw around … Continue reading

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The Sketchbook Series – In India by Will Taylor SGFA

Motorbikes and lumbering cows, intricate arches and lake reflections, tangled cables, watchful locals, the flash of colour against earth tones  — Will Taylor SGFA tries his hand at capturing the look and feel of India. “In February 2014 I set off on … Continue reading

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The Sketchbook Series – Looking at People by Marion Wilcocks SGFA

“My sketchbooks are filled with diverse drawings, but here I’d like to focus mainly on people observed in passing, as well as subjects in the Life studio, where I use the sketchbook for preliminary studies or rapid poses. My favourite format … Continue reading

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The Sketchbook Series – The vernacular architecture of Wales by Pete Monaghan SGFA

“Sketching has always formed an integral part of my working process. My motifs are mostly buildings. I’m interested in man’s influence on the landscape, especially vernacular architecture. A rapid on-site sketch is better than a photo as a record of … Continue reading

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The Sketchbook Series – “Lovely is the Lee” by Chris Lee ASGFA

“It all started four feet from the floor on one of my many bookshelves, with the slim yellow volume by engraver/author/printer/all-round rascal Robert Gibbings. It was my first Gibbings book, flatteringly titled Lovely is the Lee. In it he traces … Continue reading

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The Sketchbook Series – Susan Poole ASGFA in Botswana

“I compiled this sketchbook during a recent visit to Botswana, where I wanted to make first-hand studies of African wildlife in its natural environment. We hired a private Land Rover and driver, and could stop and look as long as … Continue reading

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The Sketchbook Series – A Head Full of Images by Harriet Brigdale SGFA

“When I sketch, I just draw.” “My head is full of images. I draw things I see, but most of all I draw memories of trees, buildings and other things. But a lot of the time I draw images that … Continue reading

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