|Laura Place in wet July 10"x8" oil on board|
To spice it up a bit, I took the wrong tripod with me so I had to work with the pochade on my laps instead, but it worked quite well as I found a way to tie the box to a string that I wrapped around my waist. Very classy as always.
I liked the reflections on the wet pavement and the soft tones on the Bath stone:
|David working hard on his little gem|
|Tim painting with passion. Click here to see the finished painting on his blog.|
|I set up on the floor in the middle|
As we were painting, an old man came to have a closer look and started talking to David, observing his work and showing great interest. After what felt like a good 15 minutes, he moved on to Tim and chatted and commented on his work for an equally long time. When he came next to me, I was all ready to give my best speech and be flooded with compliments but he just had a quick look at my work and said "ah", and then walked away. A good lesson of humility!
After a welcome break, a light lunch and litres of hot tea, we returned to the rain for a second and last painting. We ended up at the Circus, one of the most famous landmark in Bath. The view towards Gay Street with the distant hills and the white door at number 1 caught my eyes:
As I was painting this, I wondered who actually lived there. Might be someone rich or famous. After all Nicolas Cage used to own the property just a couple of doors further to the right. He didn't keep the house for long though. The english weather must have put him off...
|Number 1, The Circus, Bath 10"x8" oil on board|
Sometimes you get really absorbed in the painting but suddenly have that strange feeling you are being watched. Tim and I turned around and realised we were surrounded by a dozen of tourists that just got off the coach and that were observing every brushstroke we made. No pressure then!