It was however a brilliant Bank Holiday weekend and I was lucky enough to be in Chelsea for the final day of the Flower Show. Sloane Square was bedecked with bunting and surrounding shops had some brilliant displays.
|Sloane Square with Flower Show bunting (in progress)|
One of the best sights in Chelsea has to be the crowds leaving the show, arms full of plants and brilliant flowers - a huge variety in shape and colour. I was there last year and it has a ring of Palm Sunday about it. I set up my easel in Sloane Gardens, a short cut to the tube station and worked straight into the light. There was a palpable sense of fun but I had to work quickly!
|Crowds leaving the flower show (in progress)|
Onwards and upwards.... Artists of the Pageant opens next week at Turner's House in Twickenham (www.turnerintwickenham.org.uk). I was one of the 20 artists on the City of London School roof last year recording the Flotilla.
Below is part of the Press Release which outlines this unique and exciting exhibition:
Artists of the Pageant
There will be paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures responding to the extraordinary atmosphere of the day and the ﬂotilla of boats by artists, principally from the Princes Drawing School, from the roof of City of London School beside the Millennium Bridge. Timothy Hyman RA, Susan Wilson and Andrew Wilton are among the artists who recorded the event and follow earlier artists who have been inspired by the London Thames; from Canaletto to Turner, Whistler and Kokoschka.
‘Rain poured down and splashed around our feet as we worked. Students from City of London School held umbrellas but still the paper got extremely wet. Andrew Wilton reminded me of Turner and made a quip to the effect that like Turner, who ran paper under the tap, the rain was doing the same for me. I had to work fast, really fast to get the images which sped on down the river from me’ Susan Wilson
'On the day we were privileged with the roof of City of London School. Suspended over London, the artists were an eye over the crowds, boats and colours of the event. The excitement was only heightened by the rain,which gave the artists a near biblical determination to capture the events of the day in whatever material they had. Painters and draftsman stood to easel, picking colour and form from the motion below, while a large collaborative mural, ﬁlmed in stop motion, provided a fun and warming exercise' Daisy Millner
JMW Turner is one of the greatest British painters and his house, located near the River, is
an ideal place for these works which were started at the Pageant, now ﬁnished in honour of
the Queen's Coronation.
Please see www.thamescapes.com for further information and details