How Joining a Local Art Group Leads to Painting at Parliament.

Joining a local art group has advantages.

You meet other artists, find out about opportunities to exhibit. You meet potential mentors and gain inspiration from their work.

These were the reasons I joined Buckingham Art for All in 2008.

But, depending on the group, there can be unforeseen advantages.

One of our patrons is John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons. He invited the committee and competition winners to sketch there.

Which is why, on probably the hottest day of the year so far, I spent yesterday sketching on a sun drenched terrace at the House of Commons.

©2012 - Cathy Read - House of Commons Terrace - Digital Image
©2012 – Cathy Read – House of Commons Terrace – Digital Image

My sketching practice has been a little remiss recently so it was a delight to spend 3½ hours dedicated to it. This is one of them.

©2012- Cathy Read Art - Sketch of Parliament Terrace - Pen and Watercolour - A4
©2012- Cathy Read Art – Sketch of Parliament Terrace – Pen and Watercolour – A4

And I’d never have had the chance if I hadn’t joined the group!

(I’m also reminded of what an excellent invention the ruler is. Freehand drawing of buildings requires a very steady hand. I’ll say no more.)

So if you’re not a member of an Art Group, I urge you to join one.

You never know where it might lead…

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