Thursday, November 27, 2008

My first Urban Sketchers post

St Albans Abbey
This is my first picture posted in the Urban Sketchers' blog. This is the view of St Albans as you approach from the north. The Abbey of St Albans dominates the town which is named after St Alban the first English martyr. He was reputedly beheaded for his faith by the Romans on the hill where the Abbey was subsequently built.


Blogger annie said...

Lovely scene, Julie. Looking forward to more in Urban Sketches. I do enjoy the history you include with your sketches.
I should be use to it by now, but it still amazes me that every corner of your country seems to hold so much history and prehistory, surrounding you and beneath your feet. That one can walk a Roman road, today, or among Stonehenge stones...

11/27/2008 7:18 PM  
Blogger Lin said...

I'm so glad to see your return to landscapes -- I've been a fan of your mile sketches and always look at your family images -- but I really love your landscapes!!!

11/27/2008 9:03 PM  
Blogger Lisa Reed said...

I am glad you have joined Urban Sketchers! Look forward to seeing your art there.

11/27/2008 9:39 PM  
Blogger Katherine Tyrrell said...

I've just left a message for you at Urban Sketchers.

It'll be interesting to see you give St Albans the Oakley treatment. Then you can have another exhibition and I can come to the Private View again!

Maybe we should arrange a mini Urban Sketchers sketchcrawl in London at some point? Adebanji is also joining next month.

11/28/2008 9:04 AM  
Blogger Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

You have such a lovely free way of using paint. St Albans eh! A nearby suburb here in Geelong is St Albans Park - it once was a horsey kind of place, then a housing commission area, Whittington, then part renamed as St Albans Park to give it a bit more status!

11/28/2008 9:25 PM  
Blogger Julie Oakley said...

Thanks all for your nice comments. I'm very excited to have another kind of project.

12/02/2008 4:55 PM  
Blogger Terry Banderas said...


Have not looked at your site for awhile. Your artwork is fantastic. Don't know how or when you find the time to produce so much while tending to your family. Obviously, you must have great time management skills equal to your artistic skills. Got you bookmarked.

12/03/2008 2:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amazing to come across your site - I was looking for information about buying iTunes vouchers for foreign countries and a post of yours from 2006 came up.

I grew up in St Albans and your pictures really brought it back to me - thank you. Really like this one - I remember looking out for the abbey to show we were finally home after long trips to the north visit grandparents.

12/11/2008 9:59 AM  

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