After painting Chelsea Bridge on Saturday in the company of other artists at the Pintar Rapido London event and having such positive comments, I wanted see how it would be to paint alone in a similar situation. So I packed the same gear along with another, smaller canvas that's been sitting around. Only 30 x 40 cm it's a very different proportion as well as smaller scale.
Once on the Embankment I found a spot just to one side of the Albert Bridge looking towards Battersea Bridge with the sweep in the river and the line of the moored boats creating a nice composition even in this squarer format. As I had chosen to use only palette knives and the faithful tile filler the surface felt a little small but has come out with a nice dreamy, painterly feel which I now really like.
I missed having other artists around and most of the passing public, being a week day, were in a hurry jogging, riding or eating on the hoof so but for a couple of long looks I was left to my own devices.
Working larger felt more 'right' with the knife technique but it also depends what the subject matter is. It might be tempting to add a lot of detail with finer tools that I don't think would necessarily add to the final impression.
Painting by the Thames is a pleasure, it's just the rail travel that spoils the experience!