I have just returned from the artist’s Private View of the The Bath Prize. It was a fun evening and a chance to catch up with painter friends from across the country.
Live music for the evening was provided by guitarist Ben Powell whose fingerstyle guitar playing has recently been admired by Ronnie Wood of The Rolling Stones. Ben was also the subject of my painting Busking by the Abbey, below, which was painted in the square next to the Pump Rooms and Bath Abbey last month and is on show at the exhibition.
When you are out painting and it starts to rain it pays to carry on. I got soaked painting the picture shown above, Queen Square Downpour, and was pleased to see it Highly Commended by the judges.
Fellow plein air painter and someone else who is not afraid to paint in the rain is my friend David Pilgrim. David won the Plein Air prize and was also awarded a Golden Umbrella for his painting Rainy Day, Broad Street. Well done David!
The main Bath Prize went to Adrian Sykes for his impressive pencil drawing Buildings of Bath.