Artist working from home? Creative on flexi-time? Too shy to get out your drawing pad on your own? Want to avoid the weekend touristy sketch spots? Meet others for a weekday sketch over a casual lunch, or a doodle over cake and coffee (actually, most lunches expand to teatime cake :- ) Venue-based for comfort and sociability, but informal and inexpensive. We gather every week or so in various relaxed eateries and coffee shops, from the West End to Richmond, to draw our surroundings and chat through the afternoon. You're welcome to join us - just bring a small sketchbook and some food money.
Guidelines - We usually make these sketchbook 'lunches', because we hog the tables for so many hours that it's only fair we spend a little first. Soup or sandwiches are inexpensive. Also best not to alarm cafe owners by dumping large art stuff across the tables before even placing an order, and of course bring your own container if using watercolours - no washing brushes in the glasses! Cafes are usually very happy to have artists for the afternoon, but doesn't it hurt to be a bit diplomatic so that we'll be welcomed back! :-)
If sharing your cafe drawings on social media, you may want to use our hashtag #cafesketchers. And feel free to add them to the meetup site.