Painting Piccadilly Circus took a while. Complicated paintings aren’t the work of a few moments. They take many hours, over a period of days. The beauty of Time lapse photography is its ability to capture this process. Belying the time taken from white page to finished art. Like this painting of Piccadilly Circus. Many stages of the painting process are lost with subsequent layers. I take photographs as I work to capture these moments. Art can be very transient The way the liquid ink sits on top of the paper and catches the light, before sinking into the paper. The sudden movement of paint as it first touches the wet paper. All these moments are over and done in an instant. It literally is a case of blink and you miss it. As you will see at the beginning of the video below. Some stage might hang around a bit longer, until they are built upon in subsequent layers. But these too are lost. Which is why I love Time Lapse photography. You can go back and relive moments over again, even though that part of the painting is now lost forever. If you enjoyed the video, you can see […]
Are the streets of London Paved with gold? So thought Dick Whittington as the tale of goes. As often happens with stories of historic characters myths have arisen which have nothing to do with the real character. As time goes on these myths are embellished as we enjoy the romance of the tale. London is not short of visible wealth. You only have to look at the architecture. Many buildings are painted with gold, and statues like the albert memorial above have been guilded. But gold on the pavements? I like to think the myth is somehow prophetic in this case. What about Painted gold? Well, maybe not actual gold but yellow road markings can give the appearance of gold if caught in the right light. Could it be escaped Liquid gold? The building is 20 Gracechurch Street originally built for Barclays bank. Maybe some of that gold has seeped up to form the roadmarkings. Fanciful notion perhaps but what are we in life if we have not a little whimsy! Or maybe it’s the Sunlight? The golden rays from the light of the sun streaming onto the streets? That’s why 20 Gracechurch Street glows so brightly. What do you […]
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 […]
Another iconic image now, the red bus. Although this one isn’t a Routemaster, that’s my next project… If you look carefully you can see the masked outlines of the Gherkin. (I know, I simply couldn’t resist.) I was taken with the statues and the Gherkin together. Then along came a bus… Maybe that should be the title? What do you think? And here we can see the picture taking shape, the Gherkin has suddenly appeared. There’s still some painting to do but it’s working so far. It always amazes me how little is required to suggest a structure. I’ll share the finished result with you on Saturday.