As it is the middle of summer it is possible to paint and draw before work, so at this time of year I get up at about 5am so I can start painting around six. I don't really think I would be able to pull this off without The Oak Hotel, where you can get coffee a comfortable seat and a good view with the sun roughly behind you from about six.
My early morning painting isn't very concentrated, much of the time being spent talking wind farmers and others who have to be up early. This tends to result in strange rather obsessive paintings where I have experimented with different effects while waking up.
This painting of Ramsgate Clockhouse has been going on outside The Oak on most mornings for about two weeks now. The latest thing is that having bought most powerful reading glasses, I have been putting on fine detail, if you click on the picture it will expand and then if you click on it again it will get considerably bigger than the original.
My bookshop is now in the busiest part of the year, with lots of books coming and going on a daily basis, if you have a look at the bookshop blog http://michaelsbookshop.blogspot.co.uk/ you can see what I mean. This means that I don’t have much time for blogging, which I guess fits quite well with not newsworthy much happening locally at the moment. A glance at the agenda for tomorrow's TDC cabinet meeting http://democracy.thanet.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=151&MId=4047 sums up the lack of activity out to lunch.