Goodnight Thames – A3 Digital Print
About the Image:
What do I see? I see colours, glorious colours. An orange glow bathes the painting but there is also darkness. Black at first but, just like the night-time, your eyes slowly adjust, allowing you to see in the darkness. No longer black but very dark purple/blue with a fluid line of black zig zagging its way down the image. Your attention drawn to the cosmic sky grabs as the orange blends into the indigo in inky swathes of colour. A hint of magenta, pale yellow and blues bespeckled with tiny starlight. Star-like crystals creating a mottled moving sky.
Then you look for the familiar. The Thames is recognisable, as you see the London eye in a reverse silhouette and the suggestion of Big Ben on the right . The festooned lights and trees mark the course of the embankment, bringing your attention to the ships in the foreground. Your eyes are drawn on a course from the Eye, across Westminster bridge, along the embankment to the boats.
How many are there? It’s difficult to tell as images merge into one another and into the dark inky waters, speckled with light and so many colours.
The picture is an a state of constant movement which forces your eyes to dance around the painting. Drinking in the atmosphere as you continue across the bridge down to the embankment to join the shadowy figures standing there.
Creation The picture is painted on watercolour paper. She draws the lines with masking fluid to a planned arrangement before painting it with a watercolour wash which gets covered with clingfilm. Once this is removed the picture is further developed using acrylic inks which are left to dry before the masking is removed to reveal the final picture.