Having arrived in Whitstable around 8am and wandered around the market buying a few books for my bookshop I looked for somewhere in the harbour area where I could get a coffee and paint a picture, preferably with the Themes Barge in it.
At this point a pneumatic drill started in the harbour area, so I wandered around the corner and got a coffee at Elliott’s in Harbour Street.
I painted a view of Harbour Street Whitstable from Elliott’s, I guess I was at it for about an hour when I realised I was hogging rather a large table, so sorry no people in the watercolour.
Elliott’s Costal Kitchen is somewhere I would recommend, here is their website http://www.no1harbourstreet.co.uk/
I wandered around Whitstable buying a few books until lunchtime, when it comes to lunch the aspiring artist has to find a view from a seat in the shade with the sun behind them, and as Whitstable is fairly busy, somewhere where I am not hogging the last table.
The solution turned out to be The Horsebridge Arts andCommunity Centre
I positioned myself at a table on the balcony, with a coke and excellent cheese sarni. I will be back and will do the view again.
The sketch didn’t go well, first I had a great deal of difficulty drawing a circle, Zizzi sign on the left.
Then time started running out, I have to be back in Ramsgate for when my children come out of school, I tried to paint the lampposts when the sky and the side of a building was still wet, anyway I ran away with the painting unfinished.
Sorry there was no progress on the Ramsgate painting this morning, my children had to be up earlier than usual, and after delivering them I went straight on to Whitstable.
On yes my life of crime, after painting at The Oak yesterday I completely forgot to pay for my drink.
Here are the photos of Whitstable I took today.
finally the books I bought in Whitstable for my bookshop in Ramsgate, if you click on the picture it should get big enough to read the book titles.