After letting The Shard watercolour dry I headed back inside the Tate Modern and had time for one more quick sketch. I sat in the darkness of the Turbine Hall looking up towards the slope and out. This was a wonderful scene, full of shadows and contrasts and muted reflections. Because I was sitting in darkness though I couldn’t really see the page or what I was drawing so there was lots of repeated scribbling in what I took to be the generally correct area. Then I packed up and moved out from under the overhang to see what I’d created – atmospheric!
All the urban sketchers then gathered, compared their work and posed for a few group photos. There were lots and lots of us there – possibly some people wanted to start or restart a creative hobby with it being the new year but also I think the great location will have attracted more people than usual. It’s always been a good turnout whenever I’ve been but this was maybe double the number of people since the last time I went. There are maybe 50 sketchbooks here and I know quite a few people didn’t put their’s down. Great stuff!