I had a great time at the ROI show PV in Gallery Le Fort on Saturday evening (13th). David Pilgrim is in it and we had taken his paintings down on 30 July. Needless to say we both painted - by the river that evening. This is my effort.
It was good to see some of the ROI stalwarts, including Peter (Il Presidente!) and Jo Wileman. (I am sure he has a very large chain of office somewhere but had eschewed it in favour of smart-but-unadorned mufti). David, Valerie Pirlot (looking very glamorous) and I had a good look round and then sloped off to the pub but not before we knew that David had already sold two works, Lucie McKie one and Il Presidente one. David stayed at the Uni and I had a sleepless night in Newton Mill camp site - great site, pity about the foul-mouthed chavs returning from Bath at 1, 2 and 3 in the morning!
I had painted that morning in George Street - the location chosen for me by the Bath Prize organisers. David had already done a great job of looking down the street but there were so many people at that spot I had to find somewhere else so I parked myself at the Slug and Lettuce. Working with artist's oils again (rather than alkyd) oils and they are taking some getting used to!
Up early the next day and crouched in a corner shop doorway at 6am to do this little gouache out past Campden Crescent:
David phoned and we met to stooge around the Landsdown Crescent Area, eventually discovering the allotments at Sion Hill. He reckoned that Peter Brown had painted them and so they would be worth trying. Valerie joined us and we spent a happy couple of hours daubing. They both worked in closer tones and a lower key than me and I think they made the right choice but for what it's worth here are my runner beans:
After a late lunch in the Slug and Lettuce, George St, we explored the river. Valerie stuck with the crowds but David and I escaped to the quieter region of Victoria Park. By then it was 4pm and blustery so we decided to make it quick. Again I chose a high key and again David's choice of working in the mid range paid off. I also used a violent Cadmium Lemon that I just had to overpaint when I got home and of course lost the freshness in the process: