My trip so far has been fairly busy but the last few days are been even more so… and the symposium is just around the corner. I am not sure how much I will be able to blog now that I’m in Manchester and sketchers are arriving for next week’s big event, but if I can I will.
So quickly to bring you up to date with the last few days…
At the end of my huge day at Castle Howard I spent the evening in York. This involved walking into town at 6pm and doing the above sketch of York Minister.
Then I headed cross country into the heart of the Yorkshire countryside to visit the workshop of Rosemary & Co brushes. They made my go-to brush – a sable blend 1/2 ” dagger brush. I had the most wonderful time with Rosemary and Symi, talking about brushes and having a tour through their workshop – I am the second person to have had that privilege as it isn’t open to the public… yet!
Its claim to fame is that it’s where the Brontes grew up (I am a big fan of Jane Eyre and Shirley by Charlotte Bronte), but it’s even more special for me since I greatly admire a preacher from the era of the Great Awakening – William Grimshaw. Haworth has been a place I’ve wanted to go to for a long time so it was a real unexpected bonus to visit it this trip.
I then drove to Sheffield (a closed motorway added 1.5 hours to a 2 hour trip) and spent two nights with Lynne Chapman – one of my great sketching friends. It was wonderful to have a really good catch up before the craziness of the symposium and to bounce ideas off each other about sketching and work.
We went out sketching on the streets of Ashford on the Water in the Peak District.
Do I need to tell you that Lynne and I have a lot of fun when we hang out together? In fact it is impossible not to have fun when around Lynne!
Oh! so special to meet Andrea after all the years we have been online friends.
It seems I was the first sketcher to arrive in Manchester and I know from previous years how exciting it is to be there when the city starts coming alive with Urban Sketchers. I can’t wait!
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