We had a meeting of Bournemouth and Poole urban sketchers in Wareham today. I was a little late arriving but managed a couple of quick sketches. Sitting on the town quay about to sketch the river when the Purbeck Gem arrived completely blocking my view so I had to include it in the picture. The High Street was nice and busy with plenty of people walking past including this rather elegant pregnant lady, well she was elegant in real life anyway!
Our PEDAS plein air today at Morton in Dorset. I started in the lovely walled gardens painting flowers then walked to the Ford where there were more people, horses and dogs.
Another picture from yesterday’s visit to the Natural History Museum and a sketch done in St James Park at lunchtime.
I had a trip to the Natural History Museum today to do some sketching. The museum was very crowded so I was difficult to find a quiet corner to work in but I managed a couple of sketches. This afternoon I went to the Royal Academy summer exhibition. Some interesting works, some that I wasn’t keen on or maybe didn’t understand. I thought there were too many photographs, I know there’s a lot of skill and photos are an art form but I think they should have a separate exhibition.
Another 6 Little paintings based on postcards I have collected from museums plus one of my own photos. It was interesting trying (and failing!) to match skin tones.
I have been asked to paint a picture of the Guildhall in Poole so I had a go this morning. There was a succession of weddings this morning including a gay partnership. The guests milled around me while waiting for the previous ceremony to finish so I had several interesting conversations while I worked.
Our art society visited the gardens of Shillingstone House today courtesy of Lady Caroline Salt. These beautiful gardens are not open to the public so it was a real treat to be allowed to paint there.
Looking for inspiration today I looked through some of the postcards I have bought at museums over the years. I couldn’t choose so I divided a page I’m my sketchbook and painted nine of them!
This one may be a little controversial, I know a couple of people will hate it but I am hoping it might appeal to others. Done with watercolour straight from the tubes, lots of water and a credit card.
It was Lotus 7 and Caterham car night on Poole Quay Friday evening so we went along with the Art Society to do some sketching. There were around 60 cars gleaming in the evening sunshine and hundreds of people enjoying the warm evening.