Thursday, 10 November 2016

Margate now and Ramsgate then

I went to the Shakespeare Schools Festival at the Theatre Royal in Margate last night, the was:

A Midsummer Night’s Dream — Hartsdown Academy, Margate

Macbeth — Bradstow School, Broadstairs

The Tempest — St. Peter-in-Thanet CE Junior School, Broadstairs

Twelfth Night — Chatham and Clarendon Grammar School, Ramsgate

Four Shakespeares in one night is a lot to take in, photography and videoing were not allowed, so I can only say that all of the performances were very good.

I sketched the inside of the theatre waiting for the curtain to go up and during the interval, this was using a felt tip Pitt pen which is good for sketching where there isn’t a lot of light making it difficult to see pencil marks on paper.

Today at Turner contemporary things were much more difficult having been inspired to paint by the fantastic exhibition of Turners on there at the moment I started painting the “Flat Iron” building from the café there.

Then the skies darkened, the rain started, an amazing orange under cloud sunset developed. As you see the painting wasn’t much good. 

Apart from that Margate was fairly normal 

and finally the old Ramsgate pictures

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