Stamford Georgian Festival 

People in period costume, fine ladies, gents in top hats, the Coldstream regiment practising drills, firing muskets and cannon, camp followers, pedlars, cut-purses and highwaymen, alongside 21st century families, punch and judy and merry-go-rounds – and beautiful weather to boot!


More sketches from the museum

I am not sure who this woman is, but I had two attempts.




then it was dead animal time –

There were lots of other objects around as well, but there’s a limit to what can be done in the time available – and I had to factor in a lunch break too.

Fox in a museum

After a couple of months of doing very little in the drawing line, I went to a sketching day in Leicester Museum and Art Gallery, and did seven sketches.

Here’s one of the drawings, with a photo and a poem!

Now, fox – when did you die?
Hands removed your skin
and treated it
constructed a skeleton frame
inserted glass eyes
arranged your expression
almost lifelike
almost curious and cunning
fitted your legs like socks
on artificial limbs
and posed you on a plinth.


Today we’ve drawn you,
lots of us
attracted to the idea of fox
and dead animals don’t move
but do have three dimensions
unlike photographs.


We give you some new life
you look cute
or fierce
or inquisitive

Are you plotting some mischief
on chicken coop or rabbit hutch?


With our looking,
each of us made
some kind of memorial
or mnemonic
of a fox.



 Zelazowa Wola – Chopin’s birthplace

Miejsce urodzenia Fryderyka Chopina.


Chopin was born here in early 1810, but his family moved to Warsaw a few months later. However they visited from time to time.

Now it is a museum in beautiful parkland. You’ll have to wait for a moment for the link to load after the photo of Warsaw with its stadium!!

This drawing was done from a photo. I sketched the scene when we were there last month, on a magical day with perfect weather, but I did this drawing at home yesterday.