Saturday, 19 March 2016

Looking at the Bath half marathon from Alexandra Park

After a few weeks of hibernation, last week-end was the first time this year I got out to paint in plein air. It was the Bath half marathon so most roads were closed but I knew I could access easily one of my favourite spots in Bath: Alexandra Park. The weather was glorious and the park has panoramic views over Bath so people started gathering to have a glimpse at the start of the race. I could hear all the noises from the race thanks to the sound travelling up. I set up my kit while I heard the countdown to the start and put my first brushstrokes as the runners started to run. I pretended for fun that all the cheering and music was there specially for me to encourage me with the painting!

Looking at the marathon from Alexandra Park 10"x8"  oil on board

And I needed encouragement as this painting had the worst start I can ever recall. I felt I completely forgot how to paint and every brushstroke looked like it was done by a two years old! No, actually kids can produce great work so let's say it looked like it was done by a drunken dog. But I persevered and finally that turning point happened and I can now say this is one of my favourite paintings! So basically, never give up!

Here is a detail of the painting below. I had to paint the people quickly as they didn't stay around for long, so I just suggested them with a couple of brushstrokes.


Here are a few pictures to prove what an amazing view you get in this park:

The painting half way

The finished painting

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