High Leigh Conference Centre

Pen and wash on two sides of A5 cartridge paper

I have just returned from a weekend conference at High Leigh Christian Conference Centre in Hoddesdon, UK. It was the annual get together of the Christian Arts Society of which I have been a member for a little less than a year, so this was my first visit. The aim of the society is to explore how faith can be depicted in paintings, sculpture, poetry, music, needlework – in just about any medium in fact. The theme for the weekend was The Holy Spirit in Art. I had lectures, workshops, and times of sharing ideas. It is not a large society, but its members are devoted to their mission, which is to reach out into the secular world with the good news of the gospel of faith in Christ’s finished work. I recommend High Leigh to anyone wanting to go on conference. The standard of the rooms is excellent and so is the food. Here is a quick pen and ink sketch of one corner of the old part of the centre.

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St. Martin’s in the Fields, London

Pen and wash on A5 cartridge paper

I spent the morning in the area around Trafalgar Square in London, which offers many ideas for sketching. My main purpose for the visit was to go to the annual exhibition of the Royal Institute of Watercolour Painters at the Mall Galleries, always well worth attending. Of course, the weather forecasters got it wrong again and it was unexpectedly cold with an icy wind, which did not make for comfortable plein air work. This sketch was all I could do but it must have taken me half and hour and at the end I was frozen.

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David Tennant

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Charcoal on paper, 20×16”. £30 unframed. Carriage free.

I have been watching Portrait Artist of the Year 2018 on Sky Arts. Portrait painting is not something I do very often and consequently I am never satisfied with my efforts. I wonder what you think of this study of the actor David Tennant. It is certainly better than the drawings I have never submitted to my website, so here it is.