Starting to paint Gee’s restaurant, Oxford

Gee’s restaurant is set amongst the well-to-do Victorian houses on the Banbury Road in North Oxford. It occupies what was once a greenhouse and conservatory, built at the end of the 18th century as a sort of forerunner of our modern garden-centres. Back in the balmy days of summer I spent an hour or so […]

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Drawing the Skoda Garage

In the summer when I took the opportunity to go out and do some local sketching I settled on our local Skoda garage, With urban sketching you don’t always end up drawing what you expect but that is probably part of its charm, where drawing and observation prompt you to draw things you might not […]

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Urban sketching – a drawing of shops at Temple Cowley

I thought I’d put up something a little different today – a bit of urban sketching from around Oxford. This is a view of what may be taken as unprepossessing shops on Between Towns Road at Temple Cowley, Oxford. A couple of the aspects that I like from this view that I like are the […]

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Painting buildings in Faringdon

After a day out a couple of weeks ago I stopped off at the old coaching town of Faringdon. The town has a collection of fine old coaching Inns, some nice venacular architecture and still retains the feel of an old town, with its relatively narrow and winding main streets. It also has a characterful […]

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The Chequers sign on Broad Street. Oxford

This is a view of Broad Street in Oxford with the sign for the Chequers Pub in the foreground. The Chequers is actually down one of the narrow side alleys off the High Street, one of several old pubs in this part of town. The sign itself is quite qwerky, consisting of the chequred shield, […]

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