Presenting the completed Smithfield’s gateway. (It took longer to dry than anticipated!) This is one of those pictures that seems to have taken ages! Although it hasn’t taken much longer than usual. It’s just other projects have taken priority. Detailed paintings like this can make you cross eyed but the secret is little and often. Take breaks and be systematic in your approach. Complete a general overview and placement. Then work in sections. Slow and steady is the only way. Mind you, I think if I see another swirl this year I will scream! Quite loudly… So loudly that you might just hear me in Australia!
Catching my breath at last! After a frenetic few months, there will be a lull in exhibitions after November, and I’m quite looking forward to it! Chance to catch up with some painting then? And without further ado I reveal my latest Gherkin Painting! There’s something magnetic about the Gherkin. The eye is compelled to follow the curved line of the structure towards the sky above. It’s a common trait of all high buildings but seems magnetically so in this instance.
Marylebone painting is dry and finished! And, Yes! They have to dry before I can finish them. One with people in! I’m not happy with the title yet. So it will change if I think of a better one! Next time I’ll post my lino print proofs… Watch this space!
In stylised form of course. With the rest of the series being architectural, I wanted to keep a straight linear construction with this one. Cows are normally a bit too curvy and organic. Just need to figure out what my last one will be now! Must be somewhere in Milton Keynes. Any suggestions welcome?
Living near Milton Keynes eventually you’ll hear about the Concrete Cows. It seems unfair that a new city should be associated with something so rural, but it is. And there’s a distinct sense of Civic pride about them. Any collection inspired by Milton Keynes really ought to include them… Shouldn’t it? And this is my progress so far… More work to be done once it’s dried a bit. Then I’m going to do another Foster’s Gherkin Painting while I debate what to do for the final picture. Maybe I should make it into a little competition? What would you like my final painting to be?
My Agenda for this week. Paint picture of Shard – tick. Submit painting to Open Call – tick Await results – still waiting…OK, so this stage might take a while. I’ll show you the painting while I’m waiting shall I?