We stopped off at the Belgian Café for a drink this evening, as ever it is only when I get back home I can tell whether I used roughly the right colours.
I would have done a cartoon today, but there really wasn't anything much funny in the news that I could see.
Walking back through Ramsgate at 9.30 I was struck by how quiet the pubs and restaurants were for a Friday night. I guess with the English Pub so often a thing of the past I do wonder why there is such a disparity between the cost price of drinks and the prices charged in pubs. I am pretty sure the ordinary strength beers have a cost price of less than £1 a pint.
I hope there will be a few pictures taken inside the Belgian Café so you can fit the sketch together if you don’t know it.
The only thing you can't buy is brown madder alizarin as Winsor and Newton don’t make it anymore, it says 2/7 on my tube which has helpfully been converted to 12p, so if you manage to hold of a tube it will probably last some time.
I guess another dark red would do the job. If you intend to paint in surroundings where there isn’t really enough light to see the colours you are mixing up, it is best to have a few colours that you are fairly familiar with, rather than a lot that could be anything.
I think the idea is to try to paint and draw something that couldn’t be produced by copying photographs i.e. could only be produced by being there doing it and of course something that looks like the Belgian Café looked this evening but doesn’t look like a photo could.
I guess that I am very lucky to be able to paint and draw just for my own satisfaction