In April I spent a week portrait painting with Lora Murphy, it was amazing, you can read about that here... but one morning I skipped class... By day six my head was in melt down. The course was very intensive, you are concentrating so much, and I think I’d taken in as much as my brain could take… I needed to re-inspire myself. The course was in Deptford, just down the road from Greenwich... My hotel was bang in the middle of the two. Walk left to Greenwich, walk right to Deptford. The gap between the rich and poor was eye opening, and still sits uncomfortably with me when I think about it now. The vast mix of cultures and social status within such a small area, the homeless, just a few yards away from such vast wealth, I haven't found words to express that yet, but it saddens me greatly. Turn left, and Greenwich has all the beautiful tourist sights to be seen, The Cutty Sark, The Royal Observatory, The Royal Navy College.... Shops, boutiques, restaurants and bars. Beautiful views across the Thames, with the City twinkling across the water. Deptford, not so much.... that said, there was an incredible vibrancy about the place. Market day was incredible, you could pick anything up there from a 1980's tv, through to a new pair of boots, often for 50p it seemed...! I could have spent hours there just people watching and mooching through. Everyone seemed very happy, all after a bargain, and there was an amazing energy about the place. Each day I walked to the course, although very run down in places, Deptford grew on me more and more, odd little shops, selling random colourful items... It was a smelting pot of cultures, colours, smells and vibrancy.... Anyhow, the morning I skipped class... My mum had seen an article on Sky News reporting an art conservation project currently taking place at the Royal Navy College, in Greenwich… they are currently restoring their painted ceiling… the UK’s equivalent of the Cistine Chapel. She sent me the link…. I was in need of that break, so, booked myself onto the first ceiling tour of the day, and skipped class for a couple of hours. IT WAS AMAZING. I raced back to Lora’s class, full of all the inspiration I needed! 🙂 I'd definitely go back again to see the restoration once it's progressed some more.