After dropping off Jackson at school, I got the train in to the city and arrived in Exeter at 10 am.
I decided to take a look at how the cathedral looked in the morning light.
On my way I turned down Gandy St and "Wow" It wasn't going to get any better than this! contre- jour heaven! (painting in to the light)
The sun was coming down right in the middle of the street and every one walking had a halo of sun light around them, and the street was shining gold.
This wasn't going to last long.... I worked on the main shapes, shadows, and the light on the street. I realised I was not going to finish this painting today, as everything had changed far to much to continue, So I would bring it back and finish it another day.
After a warm up and some lunch, I headed down to the quay to see how things were looking this time of year, and it looked great!
I walked around most of it looking for a subject that I could finish before my train left, as I was looking down on the quay from Colleton crescent, I saw the new pub Samuel Jones was finished and it had the light on it and looked fabulous, I had found my painting!
I zoomed in and included part of the bridge, which I want to paint some time soon too.
This was a delight, the sun came out for the whole time I was painting, which warmed me up and lit my subject beautify, which is always helpful.
Everything felt good and I got to take home a finished plein air painting home, result!
I caught the train in time and as I write this with the sun setting over the estuary, it really did feel like the end of winter. Paintings of Exeter Gallery