Does September make you feel like new beginnings? There’s a feeling of new beginnings. Maybe it’s because I still have children at school or past memories of starting a new school term in September, but things always seem to change around now. This year even more so. A number of exciting developments happened recently. A new commercial commission which requires me to go to Hanover. Details to follow. I got to tour Battersea Power Station, and take lots of photos, so expect some new work from that. I’ve been negotiating and finalising details of various exhibitions, including a Charity Ball in Manchester, a Corporate event in London and another Solo exhibition in October next year. After all that, studio time has been extremely precious lately. I’ve been challenged to create paintings that can be displayed without being glazed. I had 2 options, one paper stuck onto board and the other board treated with watercolour ground. I’ve finished the two paintings which were intended for the Frosts Exhibition. Here’s the London Eye Painting. (paper stuck to board) The second picture is of the Barbican’s Conservatory. (plywood treated with watercolour ground) Initially, I wasn’t happy with the dark area at the top. […]
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 the graphite image with the figures central to the halo created by the Eye itself.. The image of Atlas carrying the World sprang to mind. This is how it looked after the initial washes and ink application had been allowed to dry overnight. I then started to emphasise details with ink. This is when I usually start blowing the ink around. Looking at the results form the salting I was keen to keep as much of this texture as possible. And here is […]
Time to say Goodnight Thames! We have reached Day 30, the final day of our tour. Time to say a final farewell! Over the last 30 days we’ve wandered around this great city and the Thames has been close by. The Thames is the heart of London. Its source and reason for existance, the river both divides and unites the city. We could carry on, I have more paintings to share… but the challenge was 30 paintings over the 30 days, so here we must end. All things will end eventually, it’s a sobering thought and can easily bring you to dispair but endings are also beginnings. For when one thing ends, something new takes its place. Goodnight Thames is a painting based on a photograph I took on my way home from a Private View at Bankside Gallery. It was late enough to be dark but the night was still young. I’d had a wonderful evening at a significant event in my art career, my first exhibition with the Royal Watercolour Society. Whilst it was the end to my evening as I headed home on this occasion, it was also the beginning of something else. The start of the […]
Taxis are everywhere you look in London. Unless you want one that is. Then you can wait ages before three turn up at once! Occasionally you may be in the enviable position of having a few vie for your trade but that’s as rare as hen’s teeth. Yet, people love London Taxis! London has plenty of transport options but Taxis are popular. To many London visitors, the idea of driving around fills them with dread, so London taxis are the next best thing. It’s a personal form of transport with a chauffeur. The fact they have to learn “The Knowledge” is especially useful if you don’t know where your destination is and are in a hurry. Or when it’s raining! The London cabbie has a reputation for being friendly and chatty. These three are heading to their various destinations, but perhaps there was some competition going on after they spied fellow drivers? Fastest to the lights? Or maybe first over the bridge? I imagine they often hold contests with each other, especially during the quiet times. Although it’s difficult to know when is a quiet time as London always seems to be busy. Well, except for Sundays in the business areas. […]
Dreams are how things happen! Every construction starts with a vision. Be it big or small, an initial idea is needed to direct what becomes reality. To celebrate the year 2000 many monuments were planned and erected. This London Eye Painting is about dreams The London Eye or Millennium Wheel is my favourite. I’m drawn to circles. Simple but strong, they are the heart of all engineering projects. They allow movement. The Millennium wheel’s construction is a seemingly impossible structure more air than substance. Identical components in a repetitive pattern, without ending or beginning, relentless like the passage of time. Laws of physics make it possible but the complexity required to create such a structure amazes me. The wheel itself has been around for millennia… so what better way to mark the turning of one than by constructing a wheel? A symbol of turning as the passage of time is marked on the clock. My London Eye Painting needed to be an abstract element with a hint of the full circle. Looking up, seems the right direction for dreams. A segment of time looking clockwise to an unknown future. An arc that will continue beyond the page but only exists […]
Experiment 2 completed successfully! The taxi painting is now finished. I’m pleased with it even though the masking hasn’t worked as well as usual. Its taken on a moody, just-rained quality which I love. The paper glued onto board is definitely the way to go. What do you think? The title is still being considered. I like Taxi Marathon but the universal truth of taxi’s and buses coming in threes after you’ve been waiting for ages is gradually reeling me in. Decisions, decisions… What would you call a painting of 3 taxis?