Pictures on my art studio wall

These pictures are family heirlooms. The building and the two portraits were painted by my great great grandfather, F M Walker in 1877 on a visit to Wales. The Welsh landscape was painted by my father in 1991.

The tapestry was owned by my grandmother. it was woven on a Hattersley loom and was based on ‘Gathering in the tithes at Bolton Abbey’ by Edward Landseer


Art studio

Parks Cafe, Stanley Park, Blackpool

Parks cafe, Stanley Park

We stopped at the cafe at the end of a daffodil walk organised by the Meetup Group. The cafe has retained its Art Deco style and is just the place for a classic afternoon tea on a lovely sunny afternoon.

The original does have properly aligned verticals but the curve of my sketchbook sometimes, as in this case, bends them inwards. I could edit them in photoshop but I prefer to present the pictures as sketched.

Kirkham Library

Kirkham Library

Kirkham library is one of the smaller branches which has survived the cuts to the Lancashire County Council’s library budget. Having said that it will be moving into the Milbanke building across the road to save overhead costs.

It is one of those early public sector brick buildings built to a cost limit where form follows function. The architect has attempted to salvage a little grace and status with the provision of a stone entrance surround. That having been said it is a pretty basic design but it has had a recent refurbishment which gives the interior has a much softer and pleasanter feel.

Richard’s house II


Richard’s house

Richard and I go back a long way having worked together in both the NHS and the voluntary sector. We catch up for lunch every so often, catch up with all the gossip, and generally put the world to rights. Today was one of those occasions. I arrived early so that I would have time to sketch his house.

His, and Joanne’s, family home is in central Blackpool and has a wonderful quality of style about it. I don’t know when it was originally built but it was at a time of elegant building as witnessed by the cupola and turret.

This is the second time that I have drawn this scene, the original was a simple pencil sketch whereas this time it’s in pen and ink.