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“Glastonbury With Dinner Ladies”

Way back in my last blog, I was sketching in the dark at The Soup Kitchen in Manchester.
What I didn’t mention was that Mr. Price and I met two lovely ladies there who invited us to run a ‘Little Urban Sketchers’ workshop and to be official  ‘war artists’ for Cavfest.
This is a family-friendly one-day rock festival run by the forward thinking Cavendish Primary school in Didsbury, Manchester. Read More
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Rock On!

    The Minx, The Soup Kitchen, Manchester
 I’ve been out sketching regularly with two different groups and I’ve noticed that not a lot of figure drawing goes on. Probably because the human form is the most difficult of subject matter and can ruin a precious sketchbook if we fail (I just stick some paper on top).
But- and this is especially for the urban sketchers among us- our towns and cities wouldn’t exist without ‘people to people them’.
To redress any imbalance in my own work, I’ve worn sackcloth and ashes and beat myself with a bunch of nettles, by choosing to sketch at music gigs. Read More
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Alice Bella Reflects: #1 Salford Art Gallery & Museum

A great new review of the exhibition from Alice Bella Reflects blogspot :

I have seen Johnson’s work featured in various publications around Manchester and now I understand why her illustrations are so popular. She has a very down-to-earth passion for the area she hails, originally from Preston, and it is her natural instinct to record it through drawing. Read More

A drawing made at their  June 2013 Soup Kitchen, Manchester gig.

Live Music!

The Three Johns 2, Brudenell Social Club, LeedsThe Minx at The Soup Kitchen, ManchesterThe Gull wings at The Soup Kitchen, ManchesterThe Three Johns 1, Brudenell Social Club, LeedsLeeds 6 All Stars, Brudenell Social Club, LeedsRoute de rock
The Big room 4, Blueprint Studios, SalfordIn Elbow's Studio, Blueprint, SalfordOtto plays and SingsBBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Media city, Salford Quays 2
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Media City, Salford QuaysBBC Philharmonic, Media City, Salford.The Big Room 5, Blueprint StudiosThe Big Room 2, Blueprint Studios, SalfordThe Big room 3, Blueprint Studios, SalfordElbow's Guitars at Blueprint Studios
Singing Lesson, Blueprint Studios, SalfordAl and Gabrielle PractisingSt.Malo Route de RockWild Dancing in HavanaPlaying on the Back of a Truck, PlumaudanConcert in an Abbey 2

Live Music!, a set on Flickr.

Reportage sketching of live and recording musicians, in their own habitat, has its challenges. Often working in the dark, perhaps stood on a chair, the subjects are rarely still. Yet Caroline manages to communicate something other than you’d find in a photo. This set includes images going back as far as 1966!