If you follow me on Instagram you would have already seen these but I was a little slow in blogging them. Two weeks ago I attended the meet up of the Bristol Urban Sketchers.
I have been to a few of their meet ups and its always a lovely group at a local spot, a cuppa and a chat then some sketching and then sharing of ideas etc over a cuppa and maybe some lunch afterwards-very refined.
This event was at the Windmill Hill City Farm (which only last week end celebrated its 40th Anniversary) and somewhere I have never been.
The wall outside was painted by a local artists Andy Council (I have always been a fan of his work and was even lucky enough to go to his house at a local open art event a few years ago).
There was so much to see and do from allotments, to chickens, pigs and goats. I found the goats to be particularly delightful as they stuck their heads through the fence to play with passers by so ended up sketching at that spot for most of the time.
I also decided to paint a watercolour postcard of the largest goat whilst I was there and leave it as part of the Art Abandonment project (search for the group on FB if you'd like more details)
On the way back into town my husband noticed the Arnofini art gallery has a stamp carving workshop for free and it was just a case of turn up and carve-everything you need was provided. So I couldn't turn that down so I carved a face which reminded me a little of the Studio Ghibli character Calcifer! I decided to sketch the process in my journal whilst I was on the bus home (never a missed opportunity).
I recommend local Urban Sketchers groups, they are great way of learning from others and it's always nice to meet up with like minded people.