|Avenue of Sail 2nd June 2012|
Thames Sailing Barges and Jubilee Bunting in front of the Shard - from Old Billingsgate
11" x 16", pencil and coloured pencils in Large Moleskine Sketchbook
copyright Katherine Tyrrell
The sketch however presented something of a problem.
First off, the tide was going out and it was very low tide when we got there so the boats were all sitting low in the water which created a few problems re finding a place to sit to sketch and then having a subject to sketch.
In the end I opted for the top half of the Thames Sailing Barges which were berthed outside the Old Billingsgate Market - as seen against The Shard, the tallest building in Western Europe.
I'd been sketching for a few minutes when I realised that the picture in front of me had completely changed. Which was the point at which I realised that the two barges were moving backwards and forwards completely independently. I sketched on - and then realised they seemed to be getting a bit lower in the water too as the tide went out. Next time I looked up the bunting had suddenly appeared while I'd been colouring the sails on the barges.
I did a quick sketch of the bunting and then decided to call it a day and to go home! You can see my Avenue of Sail photos on Flickr.
You can also read about the plein air painters who stuck it out through the wind and rain on the Sunday to paint the flotilla of the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant - see Paintings for the Diamond Jubilee on Making A Mark