I’ve not had a pub lunch in over a year now and an afternoon spent in a sunny pub garden with friends is definitely one of the things I miss from before the lockdown. This watercolour & pencil sketch is from those magical golden before-times and is currently being displayed on the corridor walls of the Royal Berkshire Hospital. This is as part of the first exhibition from Urban Sketchers Reading.
I remember that it was a wonderful sunny day but I’d just got back from holiday so the UK sun wasn’t warm enough for me. I sat indoors next to a huge plate glass window on a comfy sofa while sketching these people. These three never actually met each other though. I managed to pick the highest turnover table possible and I sketched one person from each group before they moved on! This is the joy of urban sketching though – you capture a place in time, but not static like a photograph. It takes time to create a drawing or painting and during that time all the changing elements make their way into your work.
Most of the pieces in the exhibition are for sale and 25% of all sale prices go to the Hospital Voluntary Services Fund. My watercolour is just £30 so if you’re interested in an orange and green hued reminder of sunny pub lunches then do get in touch!