Work-life choices, I’ve not had as much time to sketch as I’d like. Isn’t that always the way. I have been out and about a bit and now have done 12 views from Peterborough benches. Here’s the next five.
There’s different reactions to what I do depending on all sorts of things. How much I want to engage with others, where I sit, what time of the day and which days.
I’m learning a lot more about myself, others and the town. I thought I’d learn about painting which I must be, but not consciously.
Not surprisingly, when I sat in the middle of town at the weekend when there was an Italian festival happening all around me, people were more interested in what I was up to than when I sketch at lunchtime. At the weekend festival, many sat or stood quietly near me for a long time watching how I worked. Most commented very positively on what I was creating before they moved on. I work very fast and that seems to fascinate people.
Mothers brought their children to watch me paint. ‘See how she’s working quick to capture the people before they move away’ it was fun listening to how others see what I do. People veered from their route to pause a while and watch over my shoulder to see what I was doing. People who also paint stopped and talked to me of their work. I was most concerned by those who said there’s no art in primary schools anymore and since I can’t quite believe that, I will look into it.
Please let me know what you think.