Friday, November 13, 2009

Sketchercise strikes again!

This week I got into yet another pair of jeans I haven't worn in years. As a result of sketchercise and sensible and healthy eating/drinking, I've now reduced at least two dress sizes. A weight loss of three stone is hovering into sight - I should be there by Christmas with any luck.

By way of celebration I went out for lunch at The Pavilion Cafe in Victoria Park - after a long walk of course!

Autumn Trees on the West Lake, Victoria Park (12.11.09.)
6" x 17", pen and sepia ink and coloured pencils in Artcoe Bluebell sketchbook
copyright Katherine Tyrrell

I had 'proper' smoked haddock (none of that disgusting bright yellow stuff!) with a poached egg on champ with bearnaise sauce - yuuuuuuuuuummy (see right)! My diet works on the basis that it's OK to have occasional excesses on the sauce front!

I was thinking this morning that my sketch looks very grey - but then it's a grey day for taking photos of weird sized sketchbooks (which don't scan quickly) and it was greyish day yesterday too! I've now resolved to work out a palette for grey days.

I was sat next to the window in the Cafe eating my meal when I realised that I could probably set up the digi camcorder to film me sketching. I was just about to start when the battery announced it was low - and then switched off!

However now I've got the incentive to try again!

Here's a short video of the West Lake in Victoria Park and the cafe where I go to sketch. This park and lake are just over 2 miles east of the Bank of England and the City of London - right in the centre of the East End of London!



  1. I can't see the video, Katherine but I do like the sketch very much - even in the grey light.
    And it sounded like a delightful lunch - well deserved. You are now officially an inspiration for fitness as well as art!

  2. I love the sketch a lot, and the idea of excercising with it, makes you want to exercise instead of wanting to put it off. Congrats on the weight loss. I hope you don't mind, but I'm going to put your blog in the "Links" section of my blog. It will make coming back to visit regularly even easier!

  3. Feel free Joan - we can all link to anybody we like

    The links on this blog tend to be to people who do a lot of sketching or have done major trips

  4. Congratulations! Fitting into former jeans is one of the great rewards. If only I could remember how good that feels when chocolate calls my name.

  5. I hear you, Lisa--who gave that blooming chocolate our names, anyway?
    Congrats, Katherine, on the weight loss and the healthy eating and the inspirational sketches--well, all of this is inspirational, of course. I do like the video but I LOVE the pause button so I can focus on scenes, in this case the swimming and flying birds.

    I am glad that you are posting a second sketchercise group on flickr.


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