And breathe… I’ve spent the last month completing a 30 day blogging challenge which I finished on Wednesday. Now I’ve had a little break it’s time to blog something. Whilst i enjoy the blogging challenge I’m not going to keep up that rate as time spent blogging, while valuable, is time away from painting. Although I valued it, it was time consuming and having decided on a theme and a plan, I realised that what I had chosen to do did not fit in with the challenge plan. It was good because it made me think on my feet, but if I’d have know what I do now after seeing all the emails then I’d have done things differently. Sometimes you have to take a leap of faith. Sometimes you have to start walking and take each turning as you come to it. It’s nearly 7 years since I started on my artistic journey. I knew what I wanted to do involved creating art but I had absolutely no idea which direction I was heading. I started off with caricatures and portraits I’d been good at them at school ,so they were an obvious starting place. I had no discipline, […]
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!