The thing with old buildings is that they're full of energy - like all the things that happen inside their walls have left behind a trace.
Like if you listen really carefully, you'll be able to hear the laughing (and sobbing) that went on at Charles II's honeymoon in 1662. Or maybe even the cries of Catherine Howard as she was arrested on charges of treason. Or the music and dancing - and the smells of the food at the banquets - when Elizabeth I hosted Christmas. These vibes are just totally spilling out of Hampton Court Palace, am I right?
I've been drawing since I could hold a pen in my hand, I'm told, but we're all learning, and I still am, years later. And when I started sketching buildings, I took online courses and watched hundreds of hours of YouTube videos. I filled sketchbooks with practice sketches and joined local art groups, to learn and create with them. And it was there that I found out about the artist Ian Fennelly.
Ian Fennelly is an urban sketcher and he uses colour in a really exciting way. He talks about the realistic colour that's there (that's the red and yellow brickwork, the dark windows) and then also using emotional colour. That's whatever colour you feel works in the scene, even if it's not actually there. For me, on the day I painted this, Hampton Court Palace was associated with the colour blue, so this is what I ran with.
This was a sketch done from a photo I took of Hampton Court Palace during my visit in 2019, and it shows how I saw it today. That's what's so great about art - I could draw this in a week's time and it would be different!