Thursday, December 04, 2008

Anyone for skating?

Somerset House Ice Rink
pencil and coloured pencils in sketchbook

copyright Katherine Tyrrell

I visited Somerset House a little while as they were setting up the outdoor ice rink. It wasn't yet open but it had some people skating nevertheless. Unfortunately I found it completely impossible to find anywhere you could see what was going on while outside - so retreated back inside Somerset House and found a staircase with a window which let me look down on the rink and the skaters. However it did mean I had to sketch standing up which severely limits my sketching time so I think I need to get out and see a few more rinks!

Judging by the photograph on the Somerset House Ice Rink website I maybe ought to try going back after dark!

The best rink in London for looking down on skaters is the one at the Natural History Museum as it has a great viewing platform.

The other one I can get to easily is the ice rink at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich - but that's not taking place this year for some reason - which is a pity as it's a good one for seeing skaters up close. See Boxing Day ice skating at Greenwich


  1. I've been there last March... a nice place and particularly the Courtauld Gallery.


  2. What a festive sketch...I love ice skating, haven't done it for some time, so I'll probably be more horizontal..

  3. Here is your frozen water! Did you hands freeze making this?

  4. The skating one is like a picture card memory of some place I could have been. Love it!


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