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Whittington Castle sketches

Here are my Whittington Castle sketches from Saturday. I started out drawing the contrast between the areas of surviving external masonry and the restored areas of rubble core between them (bottom sketches). In the afternoon I drew a section of the rooflines over the inhabited portion of the castle (top right sketch).

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Great Sketching Day at Whittington Castle

Can you divide this photo up according to the Golden Rectangle?

A great day sketching out at Whittington Castle – a bit on the chilly side, perhaps, but with the Castle cafe and the White Lion close at hand, no one suffered any permanent damage!

Half a dozen of us hardy souls met up at the Whittington Castle carpark and braved sub-zero temperatures through the morning and afternoon. We were fuelled by tea and coffee from the excellent Castle Cafe, and by a really nice lunch in the – lovely and warm! – snug of the White Lion next door.

Whittington Castle - roofs, turrets and windows

Thanks to Sue Ellis from the Castle who offered us the use of a room in the Castle next time for storing bags and keeping warm. And she also pointed out that the function room at the Castle is available for exhibitions, etc. It’s a lovely Castle-chapel type room, used for Wedding functions and the like. Wrexham Art Society is apparently holding an exhibition of Castle-themed works there later in the year – it’s big enough to hang about 100 works, or could even accommodate 3D and installation pieces.

Despite the cold and the cloud, I think everyone managed to get a fair amount of drawing, photographing and sketching done. It’s a great place to spend a day with a pad and pencil, and we’ll certainly be planning a return visit (perhaps when it’s a bit warmer!).

Next sketching venue is Radio Cafe, this evening between 6 and 9pm – warmer than Whittington Castle! See you there…

Sketching this Saturday

This coming Saturday, Feb. 11th will be a busy day for everyone who wants to get out there and do some sketching!

  • Whittington Castle, Whittington

Anyone who wants to is welcome to meet up at Whittington Castle from 10:30am to do some sketching. Bring your drawing/painting equipment and some warm clothing in case it turns cold. There are two pubs near the castle – The White Lion and The Old Boot, and the Penrhos Arms is around the corner – plus a newsagents (and a chippy, I think?) so there are plenty of places for hot drinks and lunch, or bring sandwiches and a flask of tea if you prefer.

  • Radio Cafe, Oswestry

And if you aren’t all sketched out by the evening, Radio Cafe on Bailey St. in Oswestry is open in the evening. Anyone who’s interested can meet us there after 6pm for a chance for some indoor sketching and drawing. The cafe serves excellent tapas, plus there’s wine, cocktails and coffees on the drinks menu. A small group of us met up there two weeks ago and had a really nice evening – do join us if you’re looking for something to do in Oswestry on Saturday evening.

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