Flight Over the Thames – Original Painting
About the Image
Flight over the Thames
The cable car ride across the Thames between Greenwich and the Royal Docks is a thing of elegant beauty. I’m always fascinated with engineering, by the way solutions to problems, such as aerodynamics and strengthening, can often be achieved in the most elegant of ways.
I love the way the holes have been made to spiral up the Towers, probably to improve airflow and reduce wind resistance. Contrast the gleaming white Towers rising, like spindles, above the earthy, grimy warehouses and buildings below.
Draped across, like Gossamer threads, are the cables. Dipping slightly under the weight of the cars themselves. Tiny white pods, with small flashes of scarlet, are seen at a distance against an otherwise muted landscape. The cables themselves bristling, with life, like electricity sparking back into the air. All set against the crystalline sky.
The results of the cling film process and salt are particularly evident in the sky. Folds and ripples working with the starburst blooms and liquid flows as a colours have marinaded during the drying process. The swirls and patterns give the impression of celestial marble.
Lastly, you notice the Thames, the water dark, rippled and uninviting. Much better to fly over Thames today then go near those cold, dark waters.
How the image is created: Masking fluid is painted onto watercolour paper to create an image. This is covered with a watercolour wash and covered with clingfilm. The picture is further developed using acrylic inks once the film is removed. The masking is removed after several layers are added and allowed to dry. Revealing the final picture.