Nicola Schofield

Art & Illustration

Pub Lunch watercolour urban sketch by Nicola Schofield

Pub Lunch & USk Reading Exhibition

A typical pub lunch from before lockdown now feels like some magical golden before-time when we could just relax with friends whenever we wanted.


I’ve not had a pub lunch in over a year now and an afternoon spent in a sunny pub garden with friends is definitely one of the things I miss from before the lockdown. This watercolour & pencil sketch is from those magical golden before-times and is currently being displayed on the corridor walls of the Royal Berkshire Hospital. This is as part of the first exhibition from Urban Sketchers Reading.

pub lunch watercolour by Nicola Schofield hanging in RBH

I remember that it was a wonderful sunny day but I’d just got back from holiday so the UK sun wasn’t warm enough for me. I sat indoors next to a huge plate glass window on a comfy sofa while sketching these people. These three never actually met each other though. I managed to pick the highest turnover table possible and I sketched one person from each group before they moved on! This is the joy of urban sketching though – you capture a place in time, but not static like a photograph. It takes time to create a drawing or painting and during that time all the changing elements make their way into your work.

Pub Lunch watercolour urban sketch by Nicola Schofield

Most of the pieces in the exhibition are for sale and 25% of all sale prices go to the Hospital Voluntary Services Fund. My watercolour is just £30 so if you’re interested in an orange and green hued reminder of sunny pub lunches then do get in touch!

The exhibition runs until the 27th June 2021 and throughout that time I’ll be blogging and posting on behalf of Urban Sketchers Reading over on their website, Twitter & Instagram.

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