London’s burning or is it an Alien Invasion? The thought crossed my mind when I got to this stage of the painting. As you can see, from the detail, it looks a bit like Doctor Who’s Sonic Screwdriver. Well, it does in my mind. I’ve also recently read H. G. Wells “War of the Worlds” so the whole Alien Invasion concept was already playing through my mind. I’d gone up to London to collect some work and planned to get some new images. Spotting the post Office Tower as I came into Euston Station, I decided to head in that direction. I was positioning myself to take a shot and the Fire Engine could be heard nearby. I waited and was rewarded with this shot as they turned down the street where I was waiting. This was after I’d started removing the masking fluid. And the finished painting… I decided on Blues and Twos as a title, even though it’s no longer an accurate description with the sirens they use now. But I think the phrase is still in use. I’ll have to ask a fireman! Anyway “Blues and Twos” sounds right. Although I was considering “The aliens are coming!” […]
A busy Saturday in Manchester. Passengers waiting for the tram. A moment in time held in the finished painting of the tramstop outside Manchester Central Library. Now for the tricky bit… Deciding what to call it! Waiting for a tram? Tram stop? I’m presently on “Catching a tram from the Library” as a working title but it is not quite there. Maybe I should have a caption competition? Suggestions in the comments please? The tram is a fitting subject for todays post as I’m going to be taking you on a little journey over the next month. I’m putting my regular posts on hold for a while as I’ve decided to do a 30 day blogging challenge. They will return after the 30 days are over. I’ve a title for my blogging challenge The 30 Painting Tour of London. I’ll be sharing paintings of London and a full artist statement giving my reasons for each one, some will be new and some you may have seen before. So please join me here tomorrow as we start the tour…
Feeling less stressed this week. After the nightmare of trying to paint on watercolour ground, I’m now back to paper, stuck onto a plywood board. So far so good, no nasty surprises so far. Just nice clean lines on paper. It may look finished but I’ve a little more painting to do to make the wheel stand out. I’m really excited about this one as already it’s looking good. It can also be very scary at this point. When it looks good, I don’t want to overdo it now, do I? I’m playing with the idea of racing taxis for the painting’s title. Any suggestions? See you on Saturday for the finished results!
I’ve been concentrating on smaller pieces recently. This is is the finished version of a work in progress I posted on my Facebook page last week. I love the underground symbol, so simple yet immediately identifiable and distinctive. The perfect foreground for my first painting of the Walkie Talkie, also known as 20 Fenchurch Street. It hit the headlines last year when the skyscraper was melting things in it’s path, including shop fronts and cars. The image reminds me of a Clash song… London Calling… I wonder why? Save