Ken Howard has been in the news this week. He has been moved on twice recently while painting the streets of London. Details in The Telegraph.
I also paint in the streets of London. In my experience most people are very happy to see artists at work. It seems to be private security, under the direction of CCTV controllers, that try to move you.
I usually try to stand my ground. After a polite chat they will often relent and I can carry on with my work.
The South Bank however is a wonderful place to paint. I have found the management and security guards of The Southbank Centre have a friendly attitude to artists. The buskers, artists, skate boarders and the Golden Carousel all add to the wonderful atmosphere and nothing beats a walk along the river on a sunny afternoon or evening.
Above: The Golden Carousel on the South Bank by Roy Connelly.
Oil on board, 10×20 inches. Private Collection.