Monday, March 16, 2009

Look up!

Pike and sons
Like most towns we have the same chains of shops and cafés, but when you look above the standard mass-produced signage you can spot the unique little features that hint at what the town was like a hundred years ago. A beautiful sunny day encouraged me to grab some moments to sketch 'Pike and Sons' above 'Accessorize' in St Albans town centre.


Anonymous Sarah said...

Julie, I love this! I really want to be able to draw buildings, and I am practising, but...
My town was a beautiful little market town with many interesting buildings spanning the centuries. A few remain but sadly in the 50's/60's the mayor owned a demolition company...need I say more?
Is this piece ink and watercolour? What size is the original? I have a suspicion I might be working too small.
Thank you for sharing your work, I find you such an insiration!

3/17/2009 7:31 AM  
Blogger Thor said...

Julie, I just wanted to say your work has been an inspiration. When I found your blog "One Mile From Home" I could not stop reading. I decided I needed to post a sketch a day. Starting January 1st this year that is what I started to do. Thank you for blazing such an inspiring trail.

3/17/2009 4:13 PM  
Blogger Julie Oakley said...

Thank you Sarah. Yes you're right it is pen and watercolour. I work in lots of different sizes. My plein aire work does tend to be smaller than say my life class drawings. This was one page of a large watercolour moleskine so about 5 x 7.5 inches

Thor I really appreciate the compliment. I've tracked back to your blog and love what you've done - much more consistent than my at times rather rushed efforts.

3/17/2009 8:10 PM  

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