Did you know Abstract paintings are often based on reality? Most people see abstract paintings as a series of random marks, but if you spend any time looking you’ll realise many are more representational than you imagine. You could argue that any form of painting is an abstract in that it has taken an object and made something of it that’s not the real thing. Depending in what you define as a “real thing”. A photograph might look like a building but you can’t live in it. So which is real? They both exist in reality but you couldn’t pass the photograph off as a genuine building. Google’s definition of Abstract is “relating to or denoting art that does not attempt to represent external reality, but rather seeks to achieve its effect using shapes, colours, and textures.” That’s one of many definitions. The trouble is, there’s a very fluid line between reality and abstraction and it could fuel many hours of debate, which I don’t have time for here. Another time, perhaps. Personally I waver between the 2 ends of the spectrum. Abstracts allow you to play with rules and perceptions whereas the more representational angle paints what you see. […]
The Houses of Parliament are synonymous with London. The image of “Big Ben” is the first image that comes to mind when London is mentioned. It’s actually Elizabeth Tower – Big Ben is the bell that marks the hour but some names stick. The Home of the first Parliament… its historic signifiance as well as iconic appearance make it an essential inclusion into a collection of paintings about London. I chose a view from above to reflect the notion of God given power. The members of the House of Commons are elected to the position and are therefore under the control of the population. Well that’s the theory… in reality Parliament is susceptible to corruptions as is any organisation comprising of people. Alliances and influences occur and once elected the ministers are free to act as their consciense dictates. One assumes they will abide by a higher ethical code and at least by the laws of the land. Sadly this is not always the case. There are flaws, yes, but it is still the best system we have for electing members. Prior to the suffragette movement half the population were disenfranchised and it wasn’t all that long before when the majority of […]
Do you like heights? I do and if it feels like I’m flying over London, well it’s a bonus. London’s cable car over the Thames is a relatively new addition to the Greenwich skyline and on a clear day the views are impressive. The cable car “flight” itself is eyecatching as well, especially when the sun shines. Then it rises elegantly with those dinky little pods suspended on white supports rising against blue sky. There’s just a hint of colour from the adverts on the pods. London’s Docklands have undergone a massive transformation over the past 20-30 years. Once the heart of goods trade they’re now a centre of commerce and entertainment. A must stop for visitors to the city. Industry still dominates the Docklands but it now homes the Dome, the cable car ride and the Thames with all those boat trips. There was a time when only birds could fly over London. Then man found ways to mimic them. But balloons are slow and hard to control, planes too fast and too high to see. I think I prefer more land linked methods to fly over the London. Like the cable car across the Thames. That or a big wheel!
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 […]
Fancy a trip on the Thames? This week’s work in progress is something I’ve been longing to do for some time. Battersea Power station! Although it’s a bit hard to see tucked away on the far bank across from Chelsea Bridge. It was as close as I could get on the day, but I will be back. Nearly forgot to take any WIP shots for this one as it was used in the demo for my talk to Bedford Art Society. It’s a bit blurry but the final photos are lovely and clear for the Saturday reveal. See you then!