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Painting a Nocturn by the Albert Bridge

Wednesday 29 November 2017

Raoul and I had decided to paint along the embankment at dusk but as we got to where we had envisaged painting it started to rain! We decided to shelter under the Albert bridge but before we got there we noticed that the door to the Cadogan peer was open. We ended up sheltering there and started to paint there. It was incredible to see the bridge so close in the evening light with the beautiful pinky lights reflecting on the water. I really enjoyed the challenge of painting the reflections especially.fullsizeoutput_5a3

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Tuesday 05 December 2017
I had been chatting to a very friendly taxi driver the day before about beautiful places to go on a train from London and he had suggested Margate and a few other places. The idea of Margate really appealed to me given its history and links with Turner who lived and worked there. So I woke up at 5am that morning really excited about my decision to get out of London to visit Margate. I arrived after quite an easy train journey in the small town of Margate and wandered from the train station out to the sea front which I noticed was really close on my Map. Unfortunately the weather was very flat and grey so I walked along the front for a while noting that most of the buildings seemed shut for the winter. Everything was closed apart from one little cafe in a little square just off the front where I found some of the old boys having their morning coffee, so I sat down and joined them while they asked me what I was doing with an easel. One of them asked me if I was going to paint him! It would have been great option had it started to rain but instead the weather was brightening up so after drinking my coffee I walked on to the vast expanse of beach happy that the tide was low and set up my easel somewhere in the middle.

After painting for some time I looked around and noticed that the tide was circling around me and that I was on a sort of sandy island with water either side so I quickly packed up and padded out, getting rather soaked shoes! I hadn’t noticed the river around me at all in my painting mode. It was lucky that the painting was almost done, I really enjoyed the greys infant and it didn’t bother me that it wasn’t a bright day. The canvas I had prepared was a decent size which meant I could have fun with the sky.
Wednesday 29 November 2017
I recently painted a talented songwriter friend of mine. I had been somewhat doubtful about how I was going to do this as he rarely sits without playing his guitar. I managed to go about it as I would a landscape, keeping it loose and more impressionist than some of my other portraits. I also enjoyed using more colour, keeping the colours fairly muted still but none the less introducing more than I have done previously. We listened to his music the whole way through- my Instagram has quite an amusing video of one of the sittings. An enjoyable challenge to paint Antonio who sang half of the time he was posing!

Friday 01 September 2017
"Early light on the Embankment" by Daisy Sims-Hilditch was awarded "The Golden Buzzer Prize" by Sara Stewart at the Fine Art Commissions “Fresh Paint” exhibition earlier in the summer, held at Rossetti Studios.