Canary wharf painting in progress.
In the masking phase photo you can see a curious feature taking shape in front of the Canary Wharf buildings.
What is that strange structure in the foreground? Looks like honeycomb inside a beehive, and that’s what drew me to the subject initially. It was a temporary structure but sits well below the office blocks.
With the addition of colour the cocoon takes on a more rounded shape. This picture was taken just after painting. The light reflects off the wet paint and you can make out salt crystals and the early separation of paint. Painting is a dynamic process and colours shift around over time. Compare this image with the later phase image below and see what happens and where the inks eventually move to.
After several layes of ink have been built up, I get a sense of how the finished piece, but I never really know what I’m going to get until the masking is finally removed. With Carnary Wharf we ended up with this…
The Canary Wharf painting is one of my smaller pieces, and it’s a while since I did one this size. The picture’s dimensions have a dramatic effect on the style as the lines are thicker in proportion to the painting as a whole. You can see the difference if you browse through my other London paintings.