The London Eye has captured public imagination.
It’s dominant, impressive and overshadows everything around it.
Near the London Eye is a statue.
It too is impressive, but not on the scale of the London Eye but what it represents is arguably more impressive.
It’s a memorial sculpture for the International Brigade. Created by Ian Walters in bronze, it recognises those who fought in the Spanish Civil War. A powerful image of four figures supporting a fifth wounded figure.
As you stand next to it at night and look to the Thames the London Eye towers over it like a halo. Which was my choice for the painting.
Here is the first stage of the painting it inspired
This is how it looked after the initial washes and ink application had been allowed to dry overnight.
This is when I usually start blowing the ink around.
And here is the finished painting.
Now I need to decide whether to display it at Bucks Open Studios…
or submit it to the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition?
What do you think?