Members of the public often hung around behind us, watching what we were up to at a slight distance. Some were brave and said hello.
We decided to have a go at the women folk next. While the battle was raging (it made a right old row!) wives sat in the encampments, cooking and sewing etc, but all accurate to the period. These were spinning:
I chatted for ages with the lady below (we've skipped to the medieval period now) and her lovely son, who was doing A levels prior to art college. I used my line over colour technique again:
The medieval folk were archers:
They were a nightmare to draw, as you only stay in position for a milli-second, so I had to wait and keep coming back to the same sketch over several arrows. Great costumes though (the lady with the laced-up back is the same one I painted above):
There were also Romans strutting their stuff, demonstrating battle technique:
They were really hard though, as they didn't even stay still for a milli-second!
Around lunchtime, we had a bit of a wander about and discovered a tent full of the usual prize-winning carrots and marrows. There were flowers too. I'm not much good at painting flowers, so I concentrate on this man and his wife, who grew fuchsias. The man was also a judge (as in flowers, not black gown and wig).
It's a shame more people didn't get to enjoy it with us, but you can see other folk's sketches here.
One reason we may have had a low turn-out, is that we are off again tommorow - that's Thursday 1st Sept - for a Tour de Sketch. If you want to join in, come to Parsley Hay Cycle Hire near Buxton in Derbyshire, post code: SK17 ODG. Be there by 10.30am.
We will also be doing another regular SketchCrawl on Sept 10th. Busy period: those pencils are smoking!