Peterborough #benchviews 21-25

Yes I’m still sketching.  Must admit, I’ve not completed one for almost a week so thought I’d post these previous ones to see what you think before I head out to find a bench to sit on..

Bench View No 21

This won’t look like it but I was very chilly while painting this. It had rained when I was there earlier so I had to stop since the rain was washing all my watercolour from the page and I was getting rather chilly. This was painted when I’d warmed up a little as Diversity day was coming to a close in Cathedral square.

Bench View No 22

There are some days I paint one sketch and others where I do four!  This day I finished my day by painting the memorial in the middle of Peterborough. It’s rare to have a day when it’s not bustling with activities and I was able to notice the remembrance wreath and architecture of the town hall while a few cyclists passed me. Apparently my sketches are controversial depending on when I do them..

Bench View No 23

During my work to work one day I sat a while in one of the gardens near the cathedral and watched as the summer bedding was removed. This was a job I did annually with my Dad while I grew up. Speaking to the gardeners about their practices and choices of bedding I’m looking forward to sketching their Autumn/Winter bedding which should be in by now. I’ll go take a look today.

You can’t always tell by my sketches but this scene has the Lido in the background and an unmarked police car passing with blue flashing lights.

Bench View No 24

The police also got into this sketch. I sketch over a period of time. People keep moving and what goes into my sketches is a composite of images I lodge in my brain of what passes and what I’m interested by. I can be focussing on one thing and completely miss another. There are times things scream to be drawn and others that try to be ignored. The bike leaning up against the lamppost was an object I didn’t see at all initially although it was right in front of me.

Bench View No 25

Hope you enjoy these. Must go, got a few benches that need sketching.




3 thoughts on “Peterborough #benchviews 21-25

  1. Lynne, I like the one of the gardener working in the flower beds very much.

    There is a sense of movement in your sketches that differs from a photo. I think, as you say, the scene in front of you changes as you work whereas a photo is precisely one moment. So even though both can capture ‘action’ the sketches are more fluid.

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