I suppose it was only a question of time; having spent the whole of my life living just outside London, I have never painted it before! I thought I should start with the some of the obvious views – Admiralty Arch, Regent Street and Buckingham Palace – and work my way down from there…
I found a great App for my iPhone; it’s called Brushes (see http://brushesapp.com). I spent half an hour doodling last night in front of the telly and here’s the result. It’s supposed to be Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square. I had to do it from memory as I had no reference material to hand.
Talking of Trafalgar Square, it was the village fete last week and they had their own version of the Trafalgar Square “plinth” on the green. I was asked to do a half-hour stint and, of course, I accepted and stood there painting. I had thought beforehand that it would be a breeze – lots of pretty cottages to paint from the green – but I was sadly mistaken. The plinth had been set up in such a way that all I could see was dense foliage and the back of a marquee. Nothing to paint. So, thinking quickly, I decided to paint the local pub (see earlier post) from memory. I think it turned out better than my previous 2 efforts – see what you think.
My audience of 2 dogs and a lost child were very appreciative. I won’t be doing it next year.