Turn on, tune in, drop by - sketching at Radio Cafe on Saturday.

Nice mellow evening at Radio yesterday – four of us colonised a table near the kitchen in Radio and spent a couple of hours with the evening crowds. I think we did more chatting than drawing, but it was fun nonetheless!

Really good to see Alex Johnson again – musician (Jukebox Mama, The Mountee, etc.) turned graphic artist. He’s now doing a graphic arts degree at Glyndwr, so was telling us all about his course. Talked a lot about courses and workshops in Oswestry, and once again about the real need for skill-sharing opportunities between practising artists and students. Chloe came as well – I think she drew more than the rest of us put together. Too much talking – still, that’s the fun of these Saturday sketching evenings: they’re just as much about the networking and the chatting as the drawing!

I was thinking of ways we might bring a bit of focus to the drawing side of things: perhaps get everyone to sit for five-minute life poses with a ridiculous hat or something (I have a flying helmet and goggles I’m willing to wear to the next one!).

Saffron, who runs Radio, is keen to get some of our sketching evening drawings up on the cafe wall. I thought maybe a pinboard to start with that we could stick photos and photocopies of sketches up onto. Now that he’s fairly happy the Saturday evenings are going to work (and it’s still the depths of winter, remember, so the fact that he’s full on a cold evening in February is really good news), he’s going to start publicising the evenings a bit more. He’s already having to take reservations from people who want to book tables for large groups, so it’s worth us making sure we stake our claim to a table on a regular basis!

So don’t be shy – we’ll be there every other Saturday: come along for the tapas (parmesan scones with black olive tapanade highly recommended), the cocktails (Dark and Stormy with plenty of lime), the coffee (try the Radio signature half-caf skinny latte, or the dark Americano), the chat, and the drawing – if we get around to it!