Relaxing around the River Ouse after a painting session.
This Summer (August 2-9) I had the opportunity of discovering a new urban painting paradise! I got invited to the City of York by Ann PetherickofKentmere House Gallery. She had silently been admiring my paintings of London and Bath for a while and thought I would love York too! Well, she was right!
The Arsenal, all ready for war!-Paints all lined up for action!
I decided to spend a week in York and I really enjoyed every bit of the City! I stayed in the one of the lovely rooms in the Kentmere House Gallery and The Petherick's really made me feel welcome at their house. I have never stayed in a house surrounded by so many paintings! It was just inspirational to wake up and see paintings, eat and see paintings, go to the loo/bath and see paintings!
Arriving the City!
The first day I got to York, Ann took me around to see the main features of the City and then she left me to discover the other places I would like to paint! I really love visiting new places but I don't travel much so this was a great opportunity to let get my "plein air antenna" to pick vibes in a new city!
I discovered the ZERO post at the station! Please don't ask me what it's about because it's a bit complicated!
I started with two sketches, once I had completed the first day of work,I knew I was going to enjoy the place!
Jacob's Well-I discovered this weird door along Micklegate-I just had to take a picture!
The first place I discovered was a beautiful hill with a structure on the top of it. It's called Clifford's Tower.
The scene -Clifford's Tower
I decide it's gonna be first in my sketchbook! I get a good place to stay around the Fire Station
Clifford's Tower Sketch, 11" x 8.5", Graphite, 2013- I simply love drawing, I have always said, "if drawings sold as much as paintings did, then I would only draw!"
The next place I discovered was a beautiful building called the Castle Museum.
The Scene-Castle Museum
Adebanji sketching the Castle Museum
Castle Museum Sketch, Graphite, 11" x 8.5", 2013- I thought this building had a slight tilt to it in my sketch, I love it when things like that happen. It's one of the beauties of being there and having to face all the adverse circumstances but still get something done-even with the bendy bits!
and finally my room where I would stay for the next one week!
It was always a delight to come back here for a sweet rest after a hard days work!
SPECIAL QUOTE "Mine is the horny hand of toil"-John Singer Sargent