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When I travel, I sketch. When I sketch on my travels I record it here. Plus information about the history and facilities of places I visit and lots of related links for those who want to know more.

Updated: 2018-02-14T22:46:54.133+00:00


Sketching in the RI Exhibition at the Mall Galleries


I went to the Private View of the Annual Exhibition of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours this week at the Mall Galleries. Looking back at past blog posts about their exhibitions reminded me to look back in my London sketch folder at sketches done IN their exhibitions in the past - and you can find some of these below. See my blog review of this year - 205th Annual Exhibition of

London Urban Sketchers at Canary Wharf - 16 January 2016


On Saturday I led the London Urban Sketchers Group's visit to Canary Wharf (see UPDATE: re Let's Draw Canary Wharf 16 January 2016 These are my sketches. I first took people to see the amazing sky garden at Crossrail Place where the vegetation has really bedded down since it opened last May. This was my first sketch of the day My first sketch was of Poplar DLR Station Sketched through one

4th Annual Exhibition by Urban Sketchers London - at Timberyard Soho


The fourth exhibition by London Urban Sketchers - and the third at branches of Timberyard - opens next week on Monday 2nd November. It's really great to be one of the launch exhibitions at a brand new branch of Timberyard in Soho - and for the exhibition to be on until the end of April 2016. I've been busy for the last few weeks organising the exhibition alongside the core team for the

Sketching at the exhibition for the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2015


My book has a section on sketching in Art Galleries and Museums (pages 102-103 of my book Sketching 365) - and that's because this is an activity I love to do! 6 Tips about sketching in Art Galleries and Museumsfrom Sketching 365 This is a photograph of the sketch I did on Monday of the people visiting the Sunday Times Watercolour Exhibition on its first day open to the public at the Mall

Have you ever tried this with a sketch?


Superimposing sketch on scene - on the terrace at Chartwellwith Crypotomeria Japonica (Japanese Cedar) in the background pen and sepia ink and coloured pencils Have you ever tried superimposing your sketch on the scene that you are drawing? Below I've written my explanation of how I did this. It's not difficult but you can make it easier to do.... I normally sketch across a double page spread

The Paragon at Blackheath


On Saturday I went on a long walk to join up with London Urban Sketchers who were sketching at Blackheath (see map at end!) I got there in time for lunch and then spent the afternoon sketching The Paragon which started life as seven pairs of houses linked by colonnaded sections built as part of the Cator Estate. They've now been split into flats. My friend Jean and her husband live in the one on

A slimming Tuna and salad sketch at the V&A and a long walk


The thing about making a big effort to become healthier and slimmer by losing weight is that -apart from showing the continuing downward trend on the  Weight Chart on my iPhone Health app to my GP - I need to be seen to be sketching healthy meals! So this is my Seared Tuna and Green Bean and Mixed Leaf Salad from lunch at the Cafe at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London last Thursday!  This

Sketching Cambridge: Magdalene College and Magdalene Bridge


Magdalene Bridge - sketching the sketchers and the Scudamore Punters pen and ink and coloured pencils, 9" x 12" on Arches HP Block On Sunday 23rd August I drove up the M11 to Cambridge to join the Urban Sketching Cambridge Group ( also at which is based there. They had got permission to sketch inside Magdalene College.  For some reason I spent all my

Admiralty Arch and Horse Guards


On the 16th August I organised the London Urban Sketchers sketchcrawl to St James Park, The Mall, Horseguards and Trafalgar Square. Below are my sketches - and a little bit of history about the two important London buildings I sketched Admiralty Arch and Horse Guards. Both are Grade 1 Listed Buildings - meaning they are very important in terms of both architecture and heritage. I've

The Shard from Greenwich Pier


Yesterday I did this sketch of The Shard and London skyline on the River Thames from a seat in front of the Old Royal Naval College/Hospital at Greenwich - just beyond Greenwich Pier. So first here's the sketch. There were amazing clouds yesterday. I was half tempted just to sketch the sky! The Shard from Greenwich Pier pen and ink and coloured pencils in Moleskine Sketchbook, 10 x 8inches

London Urban Sketchers Sketchcrawl - Let's Draw St Paul's to the Thames - 26 April 2015


I'm organising the next London Urban Sketchers' Sketchcrawl. You can find all the details and maps and some suggestions of possible subjects or views to sketch in this post Let's Draw St Paul's to the Thames - 26th April 2015 on the Urban Sletchers London blog. Everybody is welcome - the only requirement is that you stick to the terms of the manifesto (see end). Here are the basics: On Sunday

RI 2015 Private View - and sketchbooks on show


I usually have a sit down half way through a Private View, pull out my sketchbook and my favourite Pentel G-TEC-C4 gel ink rollerball in brown ink and have a quick sketch with my cup of tea. I'm into line sketching at the moment - no shading, no colour, just line. Time out at the Private View Annual Exhibition of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours at the Mall Galleries 24 March

Lunch at The Merchant Hotel, Belfast


After I had finished my talk and panel discussion last Thursday I took myself and my travel sketchbook off to The Merchant Hotel. This is a 5 star hotel which houses The Great Room Restaurant in what used to be the Banking Hall in the Headquarters of the Ulster Bank in Belfast. As many of you know I'm very fond of sketching food and in particular nice meals in different parts of the world.

Cicchetti at Coppi


One of the highlights of my recent visit to Belfast for the Ulster Festival of Art & Design was the food which can be enjoyed in the vicinity of the Faculty of Art & Design. On Wednesday lunchtime I enjoyed Fish and Chips while sat in a booth next to Dara Ó Briain at the Canteen at the Mac (I sleepwalked past!). The Mac is a new arts venue in Belfast - behind the Art School. It has fabulous

Sketches from Victoria and Albert Museum Sketchcrawl


Only a week late this time - here are the sketches from the London Urban Sketchers Sketchcrawl at the Victoria and Albert Museum last Saturday. It was so sunny that I say in The John Madejski Garden - the courtyard with a pool in the centre of the Museum - all afternoon drawing people sat in the sun. Sitting in the sun, The John Madejski Garden, Victoria and Albert Museum 7th March 2015 pen

Sketchcrawl at the British Museum (February 2015)


I always seem to be late posting sketches from Sketchcrawls! These are three from last month's Urban Sketchers London visit to the British Museum. I avoided the architecture and stuck with the artifacts in the cases and a rather splendid sculpture above one door.  Some of them are very difficult to draw - but I'm not showing you my failures! Painted Statue of a Woman 2000-1600BC (Old

Meet me and get 'Sketching 365' signed at the Mall Galleries TODAY!


I've only just realised I have completely forgotten to highlight on this blog that I've got my "meet the author and get your book signed" event at the bookshop in the Mall Galleries this afternoon (5th March) Meet @jameshobbsart & me & our sketchbooks at the bookshop in the @mallgalleries @ 3pm TODAY we're signing our books! — Katherine Tyrrell (@sketching365) March 5

A Cheshire Garden on St David's Day 2015


A Cheshire Garden on 1 March 2015pencil and coloured pencils in a Stillman and Birn Zeta sketchbook  12" x 16" copyright Katherine Tyrrell I've been drawing my mother's garden in Cheshire for some years. I sit next to the French window into the garden and have the benefit of armchair, warmth and cups of tea while I draw the scene outside the window. Sunday, 1 March 2015 - St David's Day - is

Trinity Buoy Wharf


I've only just realised that I forgot to post my sketches from the Urban Sketchers London sketchcrawl at Trinity Buoy Wharf on 16 November 2014. The prow of the red Lighthouse Ship at Trinity Buoy Wharf- next to where the River Lea enters the River Thames - with the Emirates Cable Cars in the background As always the prospect of trying to scan an A3 spread across two pages in an A4 sketchbook

Sketching a lighthouse and lightships in London (Urban Sketchers London Sketchcrawl 16th November)


Tomorrow lunchtime I'm going to go to a place not far from me to see a lighthouse I never knew existed. It is in fact the only lighthouse in London - and it's at Trinity Buoy Wharf in East London, which is situated at the confluence of the River Lee and the River Thames. Plus there's a couple of lighthouses ,  a pier with a good view of the O2, a container city and  an American Diner - a

VIDEO: Sketching trees in pen and ink


A new video for you - of me sketching trees in pen and sepia ink. I'm actually drawing looking over the top of iPad Mini which was used to film this video while I was sat in the shade. This is my "normal" way of drawing ie this is how fast I draw. I'm using a Pilot G-Tec-C4 pen with sepia ink which has a very fine point plus a Stillman & Birn Epsilon sketchbook. The latter is designed for pen

Sketch of a Potager in Provence


This is for Ruth - I've just read on Facebook that she feels she no longer has enough time for her garden in Provence due to all her other commitments and is thinking of giving it up. A potager in Provence 6 ½” x 12” / 29cm x 42cm, pen and sepia ink and coloured pencils in Moleskine A3 size Folio Sketchbook This is my sketch of her wonderful potager (a kitchen garden) at Couguieux with Mont

Sketching three Wren Churches in the City of London


Earlier this month, on Saturday 2nd August, I spent the afternoon drawing three Wren churches as part of the Sketching Wren's London Sketchcrawl, organised by Pete Scully for Urban Sketchers London. The area I covered was very familiar being located very close to the Puddle Dock Offices in Victoria Street where I used to work when I was a management consultant at KPMG in the 90s. St Andrew by

Guess where I'm sketching #1?


I think I'm going to start posting some photos of places where I have sat and sketched and see if people can work out where they are. To be followed by sketch done while sat in said place. Here's the first one - this is where I was last Sunday. There is a clue in the picture. "He who must not be bored while I sketch" and the Sunday Times occupied the sketch to my left (your right) The bench was

20 years ago in Belcastel


While going through my sketchbooks for the book, I came across a sketch in a very old sketchbook that I'd never posted before. This is a sketch of Belcastel in the Aveyron done 20 years ago in July 1994.  I'm looking up at the Château de Belcastel from the banks of the River L'Aveyron right next to the bridge over the river (here on the map). It's one of my favourite parts of France.