first watercolour painting captures the moment around four o'clock when
the Royal Barge approached Southwark Bridge, with the City, including
the distinctive Gherkin, on the left and the new Shard Tower on the
right, disappearing into low cloud.
second painting is a narrower view showing the barge Gloriana at Southwark Bridge followed by the cavalcade of rowing
third painting is a view across the Millennium Bridge towards St Pauls
with one of the painters in the foreground together with one of the many
police officers on duty that day.
a watercolourist, the delights and drawbacks of en plein air painting rapidly became apparent. We had an artistís
dream view of this historic spectacle but the wind often blew easels
over, hands became clumsily cold holding the brushes and the damp
conditions meant that watercolour washes took an inordinate time to dry.
I realised before the event that capturing the moving panorama of boats
would be impossible in the short time they would be in my view so I took
an iPad to photograph the parts of the Pageant I wanted to include in my
spite of the weather, it was the most memorable en
plein air painting experiences of my life.