The Gatehouse, Bury St. Edmunds

Watercolour and pencil 3"x2"

Bury St. Edmunds is famous for being the site where the English Barons met to force the king to sign the Magna Charta – the basis of English law. So, a special place. The actor  Bob Hoskins was born here, too. Sorry, bit of a jump there.

And in these latter days I, too, was in Bury yesterday, with wife and father-in-law who had been told by one of his friends that the municipal flower gardens were very pretty. They were dull. Lots of bright tulips in regimented beds with weed-free acres of soil separating them.  The gatehouse was interesting though. I had my pochade oils with me, but no time to use it. Plus a crowd of shoppers which, unusually for me, on this occasion put me off being a sort of street-show. A little watercolour was enough to work out a composition and some values. It was dramatic when the sun came out. Another study for future use


~ by noelgarner on May 16, 2010.

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