Battersea and Chelsea combined. Being from Manchester, I had no idea how close Battersea Power station was to Chelsea Bridge. In my mind the two have very different images. One a clean, flash symbol of luxury life and the other with the daily grind of the power plant. True Battersea Power station was decommissioned in 1983 but it’s image is synonymous with industry and productivity. There may now be far more glamourous plans afoot for it but it was not always so. I first saw a picture of Battersea on the Animals Album by Pink Floyd. An image of neglect but a symbol of everyday resiliance. It has intrigued me ever since. Natually it was high on my list of industrial buildings to paint. So when I knew I’d be heading nearby for the Affordable Art Fair, I armed myself with camera and set of. As I say, the proximity to the “posh” end of town was surprising. It’s a lot cleaner than I was expecting too. But otherwise, it was worth the effort. I’ve a confession with this one, I have shared it when I submitted it to the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, they didn’t like it […]
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!
Happy New Year! With renewed enthusiasm I bring you The return of the Wednesday Work in Progress It’s a work on canvas and seems to be a popular subject matter as well as a popular exhibition. The poppies exhibition at the Tower of London entitled Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, marked the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. With the recent announcement that the creators, artists Paul Cummins and Tom Piper, have been honoured in the New Years honours list it seems a fitting time to share my interpretation on their exhibit. I’ll be sharing the full story in my newsletter and the completed painting here on Saturday. Until then I’ll let your imagination fill in the blanks.
Finally I can reveal my latest canvas! It’s taken a little longer than planned but I’ve finally finished the work in progress I started last week. After a hectic but thoroughly enjoyable weekend followed by far too much paperwork I’ve been able to finish a painting! I’m still working on the title so as yet it’s “untitled number whatever I’m up to now”. Although as I write this I’ve a strong urge to call it “The eyes have it” Those circles are the lights but they’re looking distinctly eye like to me and more than a little bit creepy. Do you see what I mean? It’s purely coincidence mind you. I was keen to take it more abstract for this one. Now, what shall I call it?
So, on Wednesday I shared an experimental work in progress. Here’s the result. The verdict is… I don’t like it! Visually I like the effect but I found the surface very fragile and I’ve had the familiar drying problem. Cleaning up resulting in ink smudges as well as scratches where I’ve tried to remove the salt. I’ve even had to use white ink on it to touch it up. (Oh the horrors!) So I’ll try the paper glued onto the board next. And I’ll hail a taxi to do it! You’ll have to wait until Wednesday for that to make sense.