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The Bath Prize

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.

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Bath Trip

Bath paintings

Here are some of the paintings from my trip to Bath last week.  I was there for 2 and a half days and painted 19 small panels.  The smallest was 6×8 and the largest 12x16inches.  There are several I am quite happy with and a couple that were not finished due to changing light and heavy rain, but overall it was a good trip.

The heavy downpour on Friday afternoon resulted in one of my favourite pictures from the whole trip.

Downpour in Queen SquareAbove: Downpour in Queen Square, 6×8 inches, oil on board.
Below: Busker outside the Pump Rooms, 6×8 inches, oil on board.

Bath Busker

While I was painting I met up with the winner of last year’s Bath Prize Plein Air award, Adebanji Alade. He has posted photos of several  painters he found at work on the streets of Bath on his blog.  You can see me, Karl Terry and Michael Richardson as well as plenty of Adebanji at work on his own marathon painting project.

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