[by Shari Blaukopf from Manchester, UK] The symposium in Manchester seems like such a long time away, but because of the illness of a family member, I've had no time to post here for many months. Better late than never, I guess.
As with each symposium I have attended, there never seems to be enough time to see the city, as well as get in all the sketching that I want to do. Being a sketcher makes me a poor tourist, for the most part. Fortunately this year I arrived a few days early and had some time to sketch a few of the sights before many other participants arrived.
I really had no idea what Manchester would look like. Even if you spend a lot of time looking at Google images, you never really get a sense of a place until you get there. But I had seen photos of the famous Peveril of the Peak pub and knew that was going to be my first destination. It did not disappoint, with its odd shape and its shiny yellow and green tiled and ornamented facade. I was glad I was able to sketch it on a partially sunny day because it almost glows when the sun hits it the right way.
I also had a chance to spend a day or two drawing at the Castlefield Urban Heritage Park, the site of my symposium workshops. The area is crisscrossed with canals, old brick industrial buildings and train viaducts. Another sketchers paradise that a few days later was the site of a huge sketchwalk.
At the end of the day, sketchers gathered at Peveril of the Peak to do more drawing. While waiting for a friend I had a chance to draw a detail of the pub.