"I don't need an umbrella....I love the rain" , 6" x 9", Mixed Media, 2011 (The Flying Moleskins)

colored pencils gouache mixed media the flying moleskins watercolour watercolour paper

This is my contribution to Vern's sketchbook. Its part of a Sketchbook Exchange I am currently taking part in called, "The Flying Moleskins" He said we could paint anything and around the time I was thinking of what to paint- It happened to be a time I was getting mesmerized by rain reflections on London streets.

I don't need an umbrella...I love the rain, 6" x 9", Mixed Media, 2011

So I decided to do this piece of an old man I saw around Holborn in London enjoying the rain without an umbrella. Hope you like it Vern-It got me back to using watercolour and gouache.

" A prison in Bristol asked me to do a painting for the altar piece in their chapel and I did this big thing of the prodigal son; a father and son locked in embrace and the whole redemptive thing about that. While I was doing it I had a surveyor come around to look at the house-I was remortgaging it- and he saw the image and started crying. It was 9 o'clock in the morning and I was still in my pyjamas and he was in tears. He said: "What is that?" I said: It's a father and son. So he said: "I've got a 9 year old kid but I've never hugged him." Then he walked out saying:"I'm gonna find him." I called after him: "What about the house?"......
-Charlie Mackesy

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