Michael Richardson, who is a member of the prestigious Wapping Group, invited me to join in the 'Brass Monkey' sessions that they have in Winter. Last Wednesday the venue was Green Park. I set off from Oxford at 6am on a cold and overcast-but-dry day and for 3 hours appeared to be the only painter in the park. Then John Killens came by and reassured me that I was indeed painting with the Wappers, even if only he and Rob Adams had turned up for the morning session. I guess others came later as the weather brightened but I had to head off after a particularly enjoyable pub lunch in Ye Grapes, Shepherd Market. The Market used to be the red light district of Mayfair but now has an air of respectability - at least in the daytime.
I managed two small panels. This was the first one:
And this the second one:
I could have done with another inch on the bottom of the second one as the foreground figure is too near the lower edge. I tend to add the figures after the rest of the composition has been developed (and so risk this sort of problem) whereas one ought to include them from the start.