You know when you plan to do something, but forget? Well, I intended sharing a picture of The Gherkin in progress this week. Well, I was, but then I was so engrossed, I forgot to take one… Until it was finished! Oops! So I’ll save that The Gherkin for a while and post one of “The Shard” , a building which isn’t complete yet. Or as of 3 weeks ago when I went. But I digress, here’s the progress so far Masked… They always look grubby at this stage. And I’ve finished the painting… I’ve started removing the masking but it’s slightly wet so I must wait longer. I must complete it today as I want to enter it into The Price of Beauty Auction at The Shard Nothing like working to a last minute deadline, huh?
This painting has been slow progressing but worth it. Watercolour on large scale has some unique challenges. Bigger brushes solves most. But if I go much bigger I reckon I’m going to need longer straws! I’ve deliberately kept the blown ink work away from St Paul’s. I always see these as reflecting the spirit of the people within the building. Something I feel is lacking in these large ostentatious buildings. The life of a church is in it’s people and its actions. Not in the structures created. Right, as we seem to have a major sporting event dominating everything. I might do something sporty next… Wembley Stadium Check back next week and see how it’s going! (The new Olympic Stadium is on my list. Once I’ve got some images.) Save Save
This weeks work in progress is another London view. Featuring St Paul’s Cathedral, it’s bordering on the conventional. But it’s the building on the right which interests me more. The Salvation Army Head Quarters. I have a dilemma with St Paul’s Cathedral. On one hand it is an awesome example of architectural creativity. Albeit not to my taste. But it’s a church. As I Christian I have an issue with it being so ostentatious! And don’t get me started on entry fees! That said it’s a major landmark and symbolic of London. The Salvation Army building to the right is more utilitarian. Although still grand. In keeping with their ethos of service, it’s more functional. Reflecting a nobility of purpose. Of faith in action. One that gets it’s hands dirty. Now that I respect! Now to make my painting reflect that? You’ll have to wait until ’til Saturday to find out if I succeed!
Are you wondering what they’re saying? So am I! But I rather fancy them as the characters from “Waiting for Godot“ And here they are in full glory. Or maybe they’re more Shakespearian? What do you reckon?
For this week’s work in progress I’m back on the architecture. Milton Keynes Theatre District to be precise. And these two motley characters who reside outside the curiously named “Slug and Lettuce” restaurant. Deep in conversation about… Perhaps they’re discussing the play or the menu? One of the beauties of art is the potential for interpretation. Shall we see if we can figure out what they’re talking about on Saturday?