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By Jamie Cooper, Oct 27 2017 04:49PM

Today's effort whilst painting with Brian down at Southwold - after nightmare 2 + hours to get there due to road works at Yarmouth & Lowestoft. As always - Brian just knocked out a masterpiece in the same time it took me to grapple with this. A3 140lb paper, dip pen and watercolour. I learnt my lesson on this and if there is a next time then I'll do the same view Brian chooses.

By Jamie Cooper, Oct 17 2017 02:26PM

So today the weather has been lovely, despite all the dire warnings about heavy gusts in Norfolk from Hurricane Ophelia. So I decided to take myself out for some sketching. There is a wood close by to North Walsham, which is a great place to escape to. And though it is public, it is very little used or known about.


I got there at around 12 and trekked a little way into the wood, off the beaten track a little (getting a bit cut & scratched by thorns) and set up my easel.


The first painting was a dip-pen sketch on 140lb watercolour paper tree study.



Tree 1 on 140lb Cold Pressed W/C paper 14 x 14  inches
Tree 1 on 140lb Cold Pressed W/C paper 14 x 14 inches

This I then washed in with Watercolour and added more pen as needed.


Sketch 2 was larger 20 x 16 inches paper 140lb cold-pressed again. Neither paper had been stretched but worked still in the pad and both on the easel whlst standing.








Sketch 2 finished state
Sketch 2 finished state

A s it is such a great kept secret there was only one disturbance with a dog walker.


The great thing also about getting out to paint is that as an adult it is only one of the few times you can go scrambling about through bushes. Normally this sort of behaviour is reserved for adults if; you have kids, are walking a dog or doing some sort of convservation work. However, if you have an easel in your hand, it gives you carte-blanche to do some really crazy things. People still think that you're a bit of a wierdo - but the safe sort of weird!





By Jamie Cooper, Feb 12 2017 11:16PM

Out for a walk this afternoon, following a footpath from Knapton, across the fields, past Trunch and back to my car parked at Knapton. I love this walk. Brings back memories of taking my dog out - he's no longer here, unfortunately.


It had been raining all morning and luckily thatt let up. a bit in the afternoon. Still very soggy underfooot though and a chilling wind. I managed to get two quick drawings in - one a watercolour sketch, and the other a pen drawing.



Watercolour - looking across the fields to Trunch
Watercolour - looking across the fields to Trunch


Pen sketch of a lane/foootpath  just past Trunch
Pen sketch of a lane/foootpath just past Trunch

I am more pleased with the pen drawing though my hands were freezing by the time I quit. The watercolour had a bit of a back run with the church tower. Normally the sky would have dried by the time I added a bit of tone to the church but is was so damp the picture still was a bit wet when I put it back in my pack.

By Jamie Cooper, Feb 5 2017 06:48PM

Lovely afternoon so I took the opportunity to get out for a walk and do some sketching. I have had a real problem with one of my knees lately and so wasn't going to over-do things and end up limping again.



Brief and rough drawing of where I went
Brief and rough drawing of where I went

Firstly I drove to Mundesley and parked in the central (free) car park. With a few drawing implements and camera In a light rucksack (which doubles as a stool), flung over my shoulder I headed off up the old Station Road towards the Hospital and golf course. The footpath crossing the fields to Gimingham is a pretty and pleasant jaunt. Halfway across one field and I sat on my stool and decided to do a quick 10 minute sketch of Trunch Church in the distance.




At Gimigham the weather had brightened further. In his front garden – what I took to be a local waved, I said afternoon and he bellowed in a very broad Yorkshire accent 'It's a Champion day – don' thou agree?' So obviously not so local after all.


From Gimingham I turned left down the quiet lanes towards Trimingham. On the lanes there coming across an old brick and flint barn which I decided to sketch.




Going on I crossed some fields which have and amazing railway footbridge in the middle of the field. I say amazing as there is absolutely no sign of the old railway cutting which once would have gone under it. This has been filled in and the land around ploughed – so it just seems like someone has built a bridge in the middle of a field. Two things to mention: I found a great bicycle pump here in the undergrowth. Obviously been there a while but with a clean up it worked fine; secondly, the other side of the bridge a hare was really close to me and seemed oblivious of my presence, Then I realised why – it was blind. Probably myxomatosis??


The footpath took me to Trimingham where I walked along a dead end path to the edge of the cliffs.

Here I did sketch no 3 of a house at the edge of the world.




No more sketching I walked back along the coast path, cutting back to the clifftops where permissible, and possible, until getting back to Mundesley behind the church on the cliffs and thence back to the car park as it got dark.


Hopefully, if my knees allow then I want to have many more trips out sketching this year!








By Jamie Cooper, Jul 12 2016 06:35PM

Today, I have mainly been drawing Badgers.


These 4 sketches were all done with a stick which I had whittled down from a piece of Rattan. The stick acted a lot like bamboo but retained the ink longer before giving the dry-brush effect. Ideal for the fur of the Badger. All on A3, 140Lb watercolour paper.



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There are still places available on the pen/ink drawing course this coming Monday if you are interested, please contact me.

By Jamie Cooper, Jul 9 2016 08:21PM

I am looking for a couple more people to join our pen sketching day on Monday the 18th July. The course will run from 10.30 am until 3 pm and materials will be supplied. Please contact me via email if interested: Jamie Cooper via info@unknownnorfolk.co.uk.



Miil behingd White House - pen and ink sketch on 140lb NOT paper
Miil behingd White House - pen and ink sketch on 140lb NOT paper
Never smile at.... Bamboo pen drawing on A3 140lb paper
Never smile at.... Bamboo pen drawing on A3 140lb paper
Croc happy - pen and bamboo pen with ink
Croc happy - pen and bamboo pen with ink
Rhino - drawn with large bamboo pen on A3 watercolour paper
Rhino - drawn with large bamboo pen on A3 watercolour paper
Heron - pen and ink with oil wash
Heron - pen and ink with oil wash

By Jamie Cooper, May 27 2016 06:24AM

I will be running a series of pen and ink and pen and wash courses starting shortly, subject to numbers. We will be vased at Alby Craft Centre where I will cover some of the basics of pen and ink drawing using various materials. More advance lessons will cover pen and wash techniques and live sketching outside. Examples of sketchwork can be seen below:



Mystery in Milan - A3 skecth on 140 lb Bockingford
Mystery in Milan - A3 skecth on 140 lb Bockingford


Below the arch in Venice
Below the arch in Venice


Laid-back rescue practice at Mundesley beach
Laid-back rescue practice at Mundesley beach


Friends in the field
Friends in the field


Volkswagen of old - pen and wash
Volkswagen of old - pen and wash


Funky blue car
Funky blue car

The courses will be £25 per day per person and take part weekly. If you would like to register interest then please email me (Jamie Cooper) on info@unknownnorfolk.co.uk, tel. 01692 402371 or pop into the Unknown Norfolk Gallery at Alby.

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