Sunday, 8 May 2016

Watercolour sketch from Canterbury Cathedral Cloister started.

The weather today being somewhat summery and my younger children intent on a shoe buying mission to Canterbury I armed myself with my outdoor watercolour painting equipment.

Apart from the normal stuff, paintbox, brushes and pad, with my advancing years I also take a blow-up cushion and sunglasses that have a bifocal reading lens in the bottom of the glass.

So here is the Canterbury Cathedral Cloister watercolour sketch so far. The Great Cloister in the foreground, rebuilt under Prior Chillenden (1390-1411), tracery of hexagons with sub-cusped quatrefoils; not entirely evident in the sketch yet. To the right of centre background Chapter House rebuilt by Prior Eastry in 1304. Centre background The Great Dormitory capable of housing 140 monks I think would date from about 1160 as it was built under Lanfranc.

For the most part a peaceful place to paint, provided you have an inflatable cushion to sit on. 

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