Today we decided to lie in as the Brits say and then take a leisurely afternoon in nearby Kensington Gardens to sketch. On the way to the park we discovered an art show on Bayswater Road. This little known Sunday art show has been going on for more than 50 years. Artists display their works on the iron fence surrounding Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park along Bayswater Road. It was great fun to meet the artists and talk about making and selling paintings. We managed to see about 3/4 of the art before deciding it was time to do our own sketching.
In the park we each soon found our own benches and settled into sketching. I completed a couple of sketches of a unique tree before Jean joined me. I also began a sketch of a young woman in a bikini sunbathing on the grass, but she moved position which made it difficult to complete a sketch. A quick gesture was the best I could do.
A friendly man from the neighborhood stopped to chat and told us of the gardens between Kensington Palace and The Orangery. We walked down that way and discovered the crowds increasing. Much to our surprise we emerged into an Astin-Martin auto show. This is quite a big event in London and for car fans. The 007 car was there, but we didn’t get to see it. I did get some photos of the older cars, which I prefer for their classic styling.