Church in Little Venice, London
Drawing done in situ, pigment added later.
At the moment I am interested in exploring different papers other than the conventional ones used with watercolour. This paper is a slightly tinted cartridge paper and quite absorbent. J M W Turner liked using tinted paper for some of his sketches. I am also exploring a looser, more illustrative style with my pen and wash.
Urban sketching in Little Venice was interesting with lots of canal boats, bridges, buildings, greenery and people. For my first sketch yesterday I chose a particularly busy and difficult townscape with bridge, buildings and water in it. As you can see I have nothing to show for it. After lunch we found the church above which was more in my comfort zone for plein air sketching. The big lesson I learnt yesterday was to pick my plein air sketching scenes much more wisely in future and not to over stretch myself with over complicated scenes during plein air sessions.