As it was 2.00pm before I got there the 'after lunch' crowd was beginning to diminish and I stayed to draw the Cafe - with lots and lots (and lots) of hatching. I do believe this might have even been "a one pen drawing" as it's not looking too happy on the ink front now! The pen was a Pilot G-Tec-C4 which has a very fine point. There's an awful lot of very fine hatching in this one and it took me over an hour and half to cover the 11x16" image. I'm still trying to decide whether or not to add colour. I might try taking a print of the stitched image and colouring that instead of the original.
As I'm going to be going to the National Gallery for the lecture series every Wednesday in October, I'm going to use the opportunity to produce more drawings of interiors of people places where people eat. So there should be one of these each week. I spotted another excellent subject for a drawing from the table I was sat at - so I'll have to try and get that one again.
I may even have to try A National Catastrophe........
THE NATIONAL CATASTROPHENow before anybody asks - here's the menu and I had the gravadlax and the smoked haddock fish cake with poached egg - lots of fish and lots of green leaves and no dessert! Food was fine but it was slightly puzzling as to why it took 5 different people to deliver and collect my dishes....???
Our Famous Ice Cream Sundae
Made from freshly churned vanilla ice cream, marshmallow, hazelnuts, caramel, meringue, cookie crumbs, fresh raspberry sauce, whipped cream and chocolate sauce.
Does it get any more dangerous?
I then trotted off to see the 44th Annual Exhibition of the Society of Wildlife Artists before returning home via the National Gallery Shop and the book sale - 50% off some of the National Gallery titles and catalogues for both exhibitions, British paintings and the National Gallery Complete Illustrated Catalogue, the catalogue of National Gallery British Paintings and other catalogues until 14th October. Very tempting - and I was tempted - but could only carry so much!
- National Gallery - website
- Wikipedia - National Gallery
- National Gallery - Diversity of Drawing - lunchtime lectures
- The National Cafe
- location: East Wing, The National Gallery,Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 4DN.
- Reservations (dinner only): 020 7747 2525
- Opening hours:Mon - Fri 9am to 11pm; Saturday 10am to 11pm; Sunday 10am to 6pm
- review of the National Cafe
- Making A Mark: Society of Wildlife Artists at the new Mall Galleries