The Zaid store on Cowley Road, Oxford

As a change to sketching and drawing in the centre of Oxford I will sometimes venture out a little to explore different areas. One of these is along the Cowley Road. This has a colourful collection of eateries, fast food places, charity shops, bicycle shops, pubs, coffee shops and convenience stores. It is a bit […]

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Drawing the Radcliffe Observatory, Oxford

The Radcliffe Observatory was built in the late 1700s and is now part of Green Templeton College. It sits opposite the glittering glass frontage of the Mathematics Faculty. The tower of the main observatory building is based on the Tower of the Winds in Athens though from what I remember, the original building is a […]

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Three views of Kencot, Oxfordshire

In the summer I will sometimes go out and explore some of the countryside and churches of west Oxfordshire. It’s not quite the Cotswold’s but is generally quieter. Between Burford and Lechlade there are a string of small villages with some outstanding churches – usually some way off the main road and the better for […]

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A day trip to Marlborough

Last week I took a day trip to the old market town of Marlborough in Wiltshire – in search of inspiration and perhaps a little sketching. Marlborough is on an old coaching route from London to Bristol, Bath and to the west country and is perhaps most famous for its broad High Street, lined with […]

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Sketching in East Hagbourne.

East Hagbourne is a pretty village a couple of miles south of Didcot, in southern Oxfordshire. It has a handsome church, a 15th century stone cross and a core of thatched and half timbered houses – as well as a good pub. Here is a view of the village cross with ‘Tudor House’ and barn […]

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