Out in the cold drawing Crewe

For 2 weeks I went out and drew the lovely buildings of Crewe.


The view from the new library is spectacular!


This was inspired by Raymond Briggs lovely “Ethel and Ernest” graphic novel.


I hope you enjoyed looking at these.  I found that sitting down and taking the time to draw a place made me appreciate the space a lot more.


I surprised myself with this Bird!



I was experimenting with melting plastics and drawing over them with sharpies, and was astounded at how pretty this grew to be!

I used

  • Plastic sheet
  • Coloured plastic bags
  • Netting
  • Thread
  • Sharpies

It’s when I put it against the light that I really fell in love with it.  It’s like a stained glass window made of recycled materials!


I love the textures and layers of recycled materials you can see when you look close.  I think there’s so much potential in this technique.


If you try this technique I would love to see your results!

At the time of posting this piece is on sale on my website  leaalexander.co.uk.

Textile landscape

The Variety of textures on these is wonderful. I like seeing the light reflect on the different surfaces. The materials I used are ;

  • Paper,
  • Organza,
  • Tracing paper,
  • Wax crayon,
  • Inks,
  • Cotton,
  • String,
  • Plastic,
  • Acetate,
  • Sharpies.

The scenes are inspired by Cheshire landscape.  The flat fields looking up to a restless sky casting shifting shadows.

Dignified calmness

Small Acrylic on canvas paintings capturing the peaceful order and harmonious colours of Cheshire landscape. Having moved from Welsh wild, unpredictable, rugged landscape, Cheshire has a dignified calmness which I admire. These are based on phone colour studdies made from the train journey from Crewe to Sandbach.

Easter Eggstravaganza

At Queen’s Park I painted these big bunnies as part of the Easter Eggstravaganza organised by Creative Crewe.  It was extremely successful, over 200 families came! The grey bunny seemed to be the children’s favorite.  To see a video of the progression of the painting visit my facebook page –  https://www.facebook.com/LeaHelygainAdamsArt/