[By Tina Koyama in the UK] Last month I had the honor of being one of four correspondents at the Manchester symposium. Becoming a symposium correspondent was a long-time dream for me, and the experience was unforgettable. I grew and learned so much during those intense four days, and I’m very grateful to Urban Sketchers for giving me that opportunity.
Since my four posts made during the symposium included the many sketches I made in Manchester, I won’t repeat them here. But if you missed my live coverage, you can find those posts on this blog:
Since it was our first trip to the UK, my husband Greg and I followed our days in Manchester with two more weeks exploring areas we have been interested in seeing for a long time: northern Wales, London and Bath. You can see all of my sketches from that trip on my personal blog, but I wanted to share just a few sketches from our travels here.
Before visiting northern Wales, my image of castles tended toward pink and sparkly structures where Disney princesses live. About as far from Disney as I could imagine, the results of King Edwards’ pursuit of dominance were made of formidable, impenetrable stone. Rounded walls (corners in a structure are the most vulnerable areas, so they were avoided) proved to be as challenging to sketch as they were to scale or penetrate!
|Castle Conwy, Wales|
Visiting London during the peak of tourist season is not for the faint of heart. Instead of battling crowds everywhere, we stayed outside popular tourist attractions while still experiencing London’s energy. Buskers are always a favorite sketching subject, and I was lucky to spot one playing bagpipes outside Westminster Abbey. (That's a type of busker I don't see often in Seattle!)
|London horse guard|
Our last stop before heading home was the town of Bath. Every way I turned in Bath was a visual delight – stunning architecture, narrow, curved streets, strange faces carved into stone walls – that was challenging to sketch but not daunting. A bonus was being able to fill a waterbrush with ancient and apparently healthful Roman spring water (after taking a sample sip, of course – yuck!) and then sketch with it afterwards! (Bath Abbey shown at top of post.)
After traveling 19 days and looking forward to sleeping in our own bed, we said fond farewells to both Bath and all of the UK, certain that we would return someday. The United Kingdom is full of sketchable pleasures, and I’ve only barely skimmed the surface.