Thursday, June 28, 2012

Lunch in the Portrait Restaurant

If I'm at the National Portrait Gallery for events in the morning and afternoon I try and have lunch in the Portrait Restaurant at the top of the building.  It has a fabulous view which I never get bored of and the food's not bad either (you can review the menus online - see links below) although not cheap!

Lunch at the Portrait Restaurant - June 2012
11" x 16" pen and sepia ink in Moleskine sketchbook
It's much used by people to meet up with friends, do interviews, do work etc.  On this occasion I got very distracted when I realised one of the people I was sketching was Jon Snow (look no face!)

I was making notes of the interviews I'd just done the award-winning artists and about the portraits I'd just seen in the BP Portrait Exhibition so on this occasions did not sketch lunch!

See my posts on Making A Mark
The opening hours are a bit odd - but then it is in a Gallery! I've quoted the current hours below
  • Breakfast & Afternoon Tea
    • Breakfast - Monday-Sunday, 10:00-11:00 (last orders to the kitchen by 11:30)
    • Afternoon Tea: Monday-Sunday, 15:30-17:00 (last orders for the kitchen 17:00)
  • Lunch & Dinner
    • Lunch - Monday-Friday, 12:00-14:45 (last orders for the kitchen 15:00)
    • Dinner: Thursday, Friday & Saturday 17:30 - 22:00 (last food orders for the kitchen 20:30)
  • Pre-Theatre Dinner: Thursday,Friday & Saturday evenings, 17:30-18:30 (last orders for the kitchen 18:45)

Saturday, June 09, 2012

Sir Joshua Reynolds gets a garland - again!

When the Summer Exhibition is open at the Royal Academy of Arts, the statue of Sir Joshua Reynolds which stands in the courtyard of Burlington House is adorned with a garland.

Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723 - 1792) was one of the founders of the Royal Academy of Arts and its first President.  Garlands were apparently a feature of many of his portraits and I guess there's probably a connection. He's also holding a palette and brush in his hand.  You can see his works of art in the RA's permanent collection.

Sir Joshua Reynolds - and garland
from Burlington House Terrace

Pen and sepia ink in Moleskine Sketchbook
copyright Katherine Tyrrell
This is what he looked like from the other side two years ago when I took a photo of him.

Sir Joshua Reynolds plus garland, brush and palette
Courtyard of Burlington House, Piccadilly
copyright Katherine Tyrrell
I was sat looking out at him under the very nice tent which is erected at the front of Burlington House so people visiting the exhibitions can drink tea - as I was - and not get wet in the summer showers.  Or even enjoy some shade should the sun ever come out!

You can read my review of this year's Summer Exhibition over on Making A Mark - see Review: 244th Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy.
What is a well-chosen collection of pictures, but walls hung round with thoughts?Sir Joshua Reynolds

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Croissant and cupcake at Gail's, Fulham Road Chelsea

Tea at Gail's Artisan Bakery, Fulham Road, Chelsea
pen and sepia ink and coloured pencils in Moleskine Skertchbook
copyright Katherine Tyrrell - all rights reserved
I went to see Rosie Sanders's new exhibition "Against the Light" of her very large watercolour paintings of flowers art at the Jonathan Cooper Park Walk Gallery today (see Review: Rosie Sanders "Against the Light" to see what I saw).

Afterwards I debated a cup of tea versus standing in the rain for the bus - and the tea won.

However walking into the Gail's Artisan Bakery at 341 Fulham Road, Chelsea which I'd spotted on my way to the Gallery meant I had to view the goods on display.

From there it was a mere short delay before I'd ordered my very late lunch (aka afternoon tea) of a plain croissant and a raspberry cupcake and a Pot of Earl Grey.

So with my still life ready and waiting I got stuck into sketching.  My incentive was that I couldn't eat the raspberry cupcake until I'd virtually finished the sketch!

You can see the WIP photo below!

Sketching in Gail's Artisan Bakery, Chelsea
You can see more of my sketches of breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner 

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Avenue of Sail: Thames Sailing Barges & The Shard

Avenue of Sail 2nd June 2012
Thames Sailing Barges and Jubilee Bunting in front of the Shard - from Old Billingsgate

11" x 16", pencil and coloured pencils in Large Moleskine Sketchbook
copyright Katherine Tyrrell
We went to look at the Avenue of Sail on Saturday afternoon.  I suspected that most of the sailing ships would be in their berths for the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant by late Saterday afternoon - and I was right.  That meant I was able to see them all properly without the crowds which would be present on Sunday.  It was a windy day but we had a bright day with sunshine - so, given the torrential rain on Sunday afternoon, this was by far the better day to view the Thames and its sailing ships.

The sketch however presented something of a problem.

First off, the tide was going out and it was very low tide when we got there so the boats were all sitting low in the water which created a few problems re finding a place to sit to sketch and then having a subject to sketch.

In the end I opted for the top half of the Thames Sailing Barges which were berthed outside the Old Billingsgate Market - as seen against The Shard, the tallest building in Western Europe.

I'd been sketching for a few minutes when I realised that the picture in front of me had completely changed.  Which was the point at which I realised that the two barges were moving backwards and forwards completely independently.  I sketched on - and then realised they seemed to be getting a bit lower in the water too as the tide went out.  Next time I looked up the bunting had suddenly appeared while I'd been colouring the sails on the barges.

I did a quick sketch of the bunting and then decided to call it a day and to go home!  You can see my Avenue of Sail photos on Flickr.

You can also read about the plein air painters who stuck it out through the wind and rain on the Sunday to paint the flotilla of the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant - see Paintings for the Diamond Jubilee on Making A Mark