I found this article in The Daily Mail announcing the latest temporary pavilion for London’s Serpentine Gallery created by Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto. See the whole article here!
One of my favorite parks in London is Kensington Gardens.
I discovered it last year, and since then I can’t stay away.
One of London’s Royal Parks, it flows out from behind Kensington Palace…
…to join with Hyde Park on its eastern border.
On the western side of London, Kensington Gardens is next to one of the most desirable areas in London– Kensington–known for some of the best shopping in the city.
It is also very near the popular Notting Hill neighborhood and the famous Portobello market.
To the south of the park is the famous concert hall, The Royal Albert Hall, best known for holding the annual summer Proms concert since 1941. It is right across from the Albert Memorial Gate entrance to the park and the Albert Memorial on Kensington Road.
And of course right inside the gardens on the west side of the park is Kensington Palace, the London home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Will & Kate) and Prince Harry.
Kate has been known to walk Lupo in the park with her security guard at her side.
But so far I have not been fortunate enough to run in to them.
There are lots of dog walkers in the park, and to be a “commercial dog walkers” you do need a license to “operate” in the royal parks. But these British dogs seem very well-behaved, following all the rules…most of the time.
You are very aware of the royal residents who used the park as their backyard. This small cafe is next to The Princess Diana Memorial Playground.
Word has it that the Princess stopped for coffee at the small shop that now bears her name which is right outside the gates that lead to the palace.
But it is the beauty of the park itself that keeps me coming back. It is well used by the locals and visitors. You can feel the friendliness as soon as you enter.
No matter what the season, it just seems like a lovely space to meet a friend and spend an hour or two walking.
There is nothing quite like a stroll in a park with a couple of good friends, especially on a magically sunny day in London’s Kensington Gardens.
When I was there last autumn, I couldn’t resist a cup of tea in the nearby Kensington Palace tea shop, and then out in to the park.
There were people strolling and biking, but these three women caught my attention. They could just as easily be me and my friends in Central Park. There is something so universal about the scene.
So when I started to paint the scene, I wanted the trees to become almost a halo around the three figures, setting them apart from the world around them. And I cropped it so that the women were the center of our attention.
As I layered the golden branches, the recollection of mood took over, and the painting definitely took on an aura that was true.
And detail was added that I knew would actually be part of a underpainting. This is the tricky part.
It is always quite scary to then brush over the image to create a mood, and decide how much to cover in the haze and where to remove the overlay of color. This is why I love oils. They are forgiving in the layering process. If it doesn’t work out, you can always add more layers.
Finally, detail is added, some of the haze is gently removed, and I have accomplished the mood I originally hoped for.
The friends are lost in their own world but encased in the glow of the autumn leaves. The perfect day with friends.