After my crazy first afternoon, I spent the next day without doing much sketching. Instead I spent 7 hours catching up with Katherine Tyrrell of the very popular and informative blog Marking a Mark. We always have so much to talk about and it was amazing to discover that 5 years and 1 day ago we had a similar chat where Katherine asked me where I wanted to be in 5 years time. This photo shows our token sketch for the day – our lunch! Thanks Katherine for a great day.
Afterwards I rushed to Putney Bridge and only had 20 minutes before closing time in the Jacksons Art shop under the railway arches. Lots to explore and it was amazing to see so many different brands of watercolour in the one place. Just for the record, I only bought one tube of series 4 WN paint which I use regularly.
I then had a lovely dinner with Isabelle – no sketch and no photo (wow! whats going on?)
A solo sketching day starting with a visit to Bunhill Fields cemetery to see where Bunyan, Owen and Goodwin were buried, then had a late full English breakfast at a cafe in Spitalfields with a view of Hawksmoor’s Christ Church.
While doing this sketch of Big Ben I felt the most exhausted that I’d been for the whole trip, but still I kept sketching. I knew I was in a bad way when I made a number of simple mistakes – only drawing 6 bays instead of 12.
I started contemplating having a nap if I could find a shading spot in a nearby park…
I then wandered up Whitehall and ignoring the horseguards over my left shoulder, sat on the pavement and sketched Inigo Jones’ Banqueting House in a very loose and rapid style. I love sketching crisp classical architecture in a crazy way like this!
We didn’t see much else except for the grand cafe and the courtyard but it was very special to sketch and chat together. I miss being able to do this regularly now that she lives in Melbourne.
Parka had his camera with him (how surprising!) so you can see what we did at the end of the day on his video here from the 8:50 minute mark – including a silly moment when I was trying to create an Instagram story of how he does his walking videos.
Another great day of rest and workshop. I went to the Met Tab in the morning ie. The Metropolitan Tabernacle built for the famous Victorian preacher Charles Spurgeon and in the evening worship with some Free Presbyterians catching up with a Sydney friend who is working in London for a few years.
So great to finish my big trip hanging out with Rob Sketcherman (HK), Richard Briggs (Sydney), Paul Wang (Singapore), Ben and Gary(HK).
I decided to have a sketch-free trip home – not that I was sketched out but I just wanted to chill as much as possible on my big journey home.
What a welcome home. Sydney mid-winter and its 23C – warmer than most of the summers day I had in the UK.
I had the most incredible 8 weeks trip but it’s great to be home.
A huge thanks to everyone that was a part of my grand adventure – either in real life or virtually leaving me comments along the way. It’s an amazing privilege to be able to travel like I have – to visit different lands, meet lovely people everywhere I go and to be able to share this with others. Thanks!!!
The big thought at the end of any trip is that the real adventure begins when I return to ordinary life, continuing to have an exploratory mindset in the everyday grind.
Thanks again everyone!
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