I love exploring cities. experiencing the vibrant atmosphere and urban spaces. There is usually a jumble of time periods and a variety in the surviving buildings. I particularly enjoy discovering the quieter contemplative spaces between the busy, bustling ones. They are often found through wandering the pavements… taking that extra time to walk and look around.

These posts contain some of my city artworks, inspired by the architecture of the world and a lot of wanderlust!

August 21st, 2020 | #PaintedCities, Studio blog

Royal Albert Hall

In my studio I keep a little black book of ideas and scribbled suggestions for scenes to work on. I also have a drawer that houses a rather messy collection of initial sketches and compositions... usually self initiated illustrations that i've ...

Winchester Independents

Winchester Independent Paper Studies

Bringing it closer to home with a couple of Winchester Independent establishments this week. The architecture around the city is fascinating, so here’s a couple of building studies on paper to add to my growing illustrated version of ...

Painted Clocks - Illustration by Jonathan Chapman

Painted Clocks

While standing at my workbench, cutting away at the paper for a recent architectural study (the process is very therapeutic and extremely satisfying), I found myself staring at a clock face... it’s a strange thing when you’re in that creative ...

Barnsley Town Hall Detail - Illustration by Jonathan Chapman
March 20th, 2020 | #PaintedCities, Studio blog

Barnsley Town Hall

In the Summer/Autumn of last year I sent a number of my Grand Canal, Venice greeting cards up to the Cooper Gallery in Barnsley. The gallery shop stocked them alongside their Venice exhibition. Since then i've sent a number of other designs up for ...

December 4th, 2019 | #PaintedCities, Materials, Studio blog

New Portable Art Materials – in the Wild

Delighted to get out of the studio this week for some open air sketching. I'd just managed to finish the last of my big Christmas commissions and I had some new materials to play with! What's in the Travel Bag? I've got some lovely ...

Rockefeller Christmas Tree - Illustration by Jonathan Chapman
November 8th, 2019 | #PaintedCities, Studio blog

Rockefeller Christmas Tree

The Rockefeller Christmas Tree, perhaps the most famous Christmas tree in the World? It has been a tradition at Rockefeller Center, in Midtown Manhattan since 1933. The tree is usually a Norway spruce, 69 to 100 feet (21 to ...

Carols Around the Christmas Tree
November 1st, 2019 | #PaintedCities, Studio blog

Carols Around the Christmas Tree in Winchester

It almost feels safe to post Christmas illustrations... almost. Every year it's a strange balance between customers who ask after Christmas Cards during the Summer Open Studios (!) and resisting flooding social media with festive images before the ...

Alresford Broad Street - Illustration by Jonathan Chapman
June 28th, 2019 | #PaintedCities, Studio blog

Broad Street, Alresford

Enjoying the sunshine? ☀️😀 Here's a sunny new street scene from Hampshire... 'Broad Street, Alresford' 38 x 20 cm created with acrylic and ink on paper. Alresford (pronounced Allsford) is a handsome Georgian town of ...

Somerset House in summer - Illustration by Jonathan Chapman
March 29th, 2019 | #PaintedCities, Studio blog

Somerset House in Summer

Here's a new city image, 'Somerset House in Summer'. One that I decided to pull from my little black notebook of scenes i'd like to find time to paint (it's quite a full notebook these days!). Some of you may have spotted that I have painted ...