This week I am painting in London, and Tuesday was day 1.
Unfortunately it was raining heavily throughout the day, so I only had a chance to do a quick sketch in Whitehall Gardens, then opted for a pub interior, which was warm and dry!
I also visited the Royal Institute of Oil Painters private view of their annual exhibition at the Mall Galleries, which is a great exhibition, and well worth a visit if you can. Unfortunately PV’s are not the best place to have a good look at the art on show, as they are just too busy, as the photo below shows, but luckily I’m heading back to London on Friday and Saturday, so will have a chance to take a longer look when it’s quieter.
One of the tasks of the day was to find a good location to paint at the ROI’s Paint Live competition on Saturday, which I’m taking part in, and I’ve successfully found a good location with lots of interesting things to paint in it (and things I don’t get to see when painting in Derbyshire!), but I’m keeping the location a secret until the day! It was going to be Whitehall Gardens, hence my visit there, but I subsequently found somewhere better.
I will post a blog again on Friday, when I’m painting at Chelsea Physic Gardens. Fingers crossed for fine weather - forecast looks good at the moment!