A wonderful day out with Katherine Tyrrell
I took two sketchbooks, my tiny green Cornellison’s cartridge sketch book (about A6) and my landscape A5 Roberson’s watercolour sketchbook
First sketch, in the smaller book – commuters on the train from St Albans to London.
I arrived at the National Portrait Gallery in plenty of time. Unfortunately/fortunately it’s necessary to walk past the Charing Cross Road Cass Arts, so for anyone interested there were some terrific bargains on artist quality Winsor & Newton watercolour sets (much better than the offers on their website).
Katherine and I met up in the gallery shop and set off to Gerrard Street to sketch before lunch.
These two watercolours were painted in my watercolour sketchbook.
After sketching we walked back to a delicious meal and great conversation in the Portrait Gallery restaurant. The view from the restaurant is terrific, I shall definitely be back even if it’s only to linger over a cup of coffee.
Then we went to the BP portrait exhibition. I think this may have been the first time I’ve been to this prestigious annual exhibition. I was surprised at the number of pieces exhibited. I somehow imagined that there would be a greater number. I was also surprised at the number of photorealist pieces, but then I only get my art in snatches – with huge gaps between exhibitions so I haven’t the foggiest about the latest trends in art.
After seeing the exhibition and exploring other bits of the gallery, we went on to a wine bar where I drew Katherine. Her head was in one of two positions, either focusing intently on the scene behind me, or looking down at her sketchbook, and her hands were moving so fast I didn’t attempt to draw them.
After knocking back far more wine than my decrepit old body can now cope with, I set off back to St Albans. And my last drawing of the day is a composite of several quickies I captured on the tube and train journey home.
Do go over to Katherine’s blog to see her version of the day.