This is Tom, only 12, who got his mum to bring him all the way from Chesterfield. I'm so pleased they came, as he was astonishingly good, and brave enough to stay with us the whole day - well done Tom (and Mum)!
We moved to another cafe over the road after the first hour. I painted the view from the window. It was a bit tricky, but going OK, until the inevitable: a post van drew up and blotted out half the view. Never mind, I thought, and drew it in, but then the postman got out and opened the back doors to blot out most of the rest of my window!
A surreal highlight in the middle of the day was the near punch-up we got into, with a little-Hitler, 'jobs-worth' at the City Hall (below). I jest not...
The message that we were coming to draw in the foyer hadn't been passed on, and he got really bolshie. It's a public area and we were being very understated and weren't even in the way at all, but our new friend was strutting about, asking who had given us permission to draw, and reporting us into his radio.
My friend Jane got shirty about his attitude, which made him more indignant than ever. We only had about 40 minutes in that venue, so it all came to a head as we were due to move on anyway, but he thought he'd made us leave, which got Jane even more annoyed. It ended with us all giggling, and him shouting after us down the front steps: "It's a good job you're leaving or I'd have thrown you out!"
The orchestra we had intended to draw had cancelled of course, but it didn't matter: there where so many different things to sketch in the interior, it was almost impossible to choose anyway.
Tom and I sat companionably in the front pew and drew side by side for about two hours. Even when I accidentally sat in my water pot, upset it all over the pew and swore, probably too loud for a holy place (oops), nobody came strutting up with a radio to throw us out.
We had to rush through rain to the pub but, once in the warm and dry, spent a happy hour passing round the sketchbooks. Nic was still drawing the whole time.
I'll post other people's sketches to the Picture Gallery as they come in. Thanks for coming everyone, we'll do it again soon!