Hola! I’m afraid this will be an intentionally brief post as, after much trepidation over flight cancellations etc – we did actually make it to Barcelona!
I can’t begin to tell you how good it feels to be somewhere different! My eyes feel like they’re desperately trying to drink in everything I can see in a vain attempt to make up for lost time over the enforced isolation of the past two years.
The day before our flight I did mange to join the Brighton Painting Group for the April meet up.
The location was Saint Peters Church in the heart of Brighton. On arrival I spent 20 minutes walking around the church looking for a suitable vantage point. The weather was great, but cold. I had hoped to do a painting of the church itself however I couldn’t find a viewpoint that I either liked or felt capable of painting.
In the end I settled for a much more intimate view of a little café at the entrance to a nearby park.
Unfortunately after these first two work in progress shots, the adrenaline/panic of the day took over and I forgot to take anymore!
Here instead is a quick shot of me in action:
Here’s how it looked when I finally downed my brushes.
And the painting only:
Immediately after I finishing this painting I was a bit disheartened with it. It’s a little heavy-handed and overworked, however, on reflection, it’s still probably one of the most successful on location paintings I’ve ever done.
The Brighton Painting Group is making a lot of difference to my plein-air adventures and it’s great to see the group developing a healthy following and good levels of attendance at each session. It’s a really delightful group of people, all incredibly different in their approach and also all incredibly kind, generous and supportive of each other’s work.
That’s it for now – it’s raining in Barcelona today so we’re off to the Miro museum for yet more sights to drink in!
I’ll leave you with my first sketch of the holiday, a little cafe scene just around the corner from our apartment.
te veo la proxima semana
Te veo la proxima semana! (see you next week! – where would we be without Google translate!)