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Mop Fair Tewkesbury sketched in pastels

Posted On: Monday 26th November 2012
Summary: Fast pastels sketch in vibrant colours on the first night of the annual "mop Fair" in Tewkesbury

Blog Tags: Outdoor painting   Art equipment   Plein air   Pastels painting   Townscapes   Nocturne painting   People   Buildings   People in paintings   Quick painting   

mop fair pastel beginningArmed with this small selection of pastels I wandered into the middle of the Mop Fair at Tewkesbury (poor Tewkesbury - today it is inundated again with floodwater), and got as far as this just by using the available light - which of course was very variable. All very noisy and lots of fun. This was about as much as I could do on the spot. This ride, by the way, looked terrifying - it looked like it was an import from "Close Encounters". You wouldn't catch me on one of these. No way!

Back in our weaver's cottage I had a bigger selection of pastels and in the next morning's light I went on to complete the sketch. I just wanted to capture the colour and the light and the atmosphere from memory - no more than that.

Right now these streets are probably under water.

mop fair painting


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