Despite a problematic weather forecast, the morning of 18 May was sunny, cloudy, even windy, and with very occasional showers.. So all fine, really. Nine artists presented themselves (as well as two on other days), and we had a good sketching session, and an entertaining lunch outside at the nearby cafe, a bit windy, but fine. The afternoon, however, was totally different: the remaining two artists and all their gear were suddenly covered in hail, it was like being in Siberia! An extraordinarily wet and windy hailstorm over took Regent's Park! We have the photos to prove it, please see below. Artwork damaged variably depending on effective or otherwise use of the umbrella.
The Queen Mary's Garden part of Regent's Park(the area inside the Inner Circle) is a good sketching location (being maintained by the Royal Parks staff), and our artists took particular interest in the rocky Japanese gardens, which have a cascade, wisteria bridge to the island, and little stone lantern. Other areas which caught the eye were the circular pond with Triton Fountain, the Begonia Garden with its statue, and attractive assemblies of trees and blocks of yews. All reflected in our artwork.
A good place to revisit.
A tedious announcement: Your editors understand that Google, who maintain this blog (at no cost to ourselves) are shortly - in June, in fact - going to stop runing the automatic emailing out of blog updates to email subscribers to this blog. Presumably Google has not got enough funds for this feature. While your editors are going to be emailing regular attenders about our programme, everyone, and particularly intermittent attendees, should check the blog page for updates regularly in order not to miss sketching days (and the artwork!).
Photos below of dreadful climatic conditions and determined artist!
Images above by Diane Umemoto (left) and Tricia Sharpe (right)
Images above by Gill Steiner (left) and Janet Payne (right)
Images above by Mark Hodge (left)and Lindsay Topping (right)
Images above by Gill D'Ambrosio (left) and Gafung Wong (right)
Images below by Maggie Pettigrew
Images Sue Lees (left) and Priscilla Worley (right)
Images above by Gafung Wong (left) and Sue Lees (right)
Finally, an image by Avis Dennis of a friend's garden in Maidenhead