Saturday, 13 August 2016

Rev-up in Ramsgate tomorrow, Pride in Margate today + 2 1868 pictures of Margate + today’s Margate watercolour painting embarrassingly small + photos

13th today and when I got to Margate at about 7.30 am, well it’s not like Ramsgate, the café culture isn’t buzzing away at that time of day.

Fortunately the Sands Hotel was open, so breakfast on the balcony, it was a bit windy when I started and from where I was sitting in the shade I could see loads of people basking in the sunshine.

I think this watercolour painting would have been ok, but the wind speed increased and I got too cold.

Off to the shops, my star buy being two hand coloured 1868 prints of Margate, I will do better copies when I get them out of the frames.

These would have come from booklets published by firms like Rock & Co, printed in black and white (steel engravings) the image was scratched on a piece of steel, later the booklets were cut up, the prints hand coloured and framed.

On to Turner Contemporary for lunch and a disappointingly small watercolour of Margate.

I had put my pink shirt on in anticipation of the Margate Pride event and realised it was setting up outside Turner Contemporary I also realised from the No. 13 on my table that I had ordered my lunch, so I had better stay put, so only photos through the window – sorrow.    

Rev-Up, vide with people getting their old thumpers out, so should be worth going.

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