Meeting Place – Original Painting
About the Image:
This is everyday London, in the heart of the city.The shops and architecture create a grand scene in the nation’s capitol. People flock into Piccadilly Circus every day. To meet, to photograph and to be immersed in London culture. It’s a landmark familiar and easily found. A frequent meeting place for all visitors to the capital. Behind Anteros is Lilywhites, six floors of Regency architecture. Panes of glass, green and opaque, not what you expect from glass, but the sunlight stops us seeing far inside, on a day like this. The store buildings take on brilliant weathered colours. I apply inks in intense colours and use water and salt to dilute the colour. Whilst it’s intentionally done, how much dilation actually occurs is at the whim of the watercolour. Sometimes it takes away all the brilliance, leaving subdued colour, like in the section on the main Lilywhite’s signed. Other times, it allows the intensity to remain, as in the sections on either side. The people are a mixed bag. A boy looks like he’s about to climb up to sit on ledge. A couple of talking, but distractedly looking in opposite directions. It’s one of those lazy everyday conversations about nothing in particular. In the bottom left, a man in sunglasses talks to someone just off the page. The man besides him also looks that way, along with the woman a few steps down. What is it, I wonder? What has their attention? More casual conversations are taking place elsewhere. A man stands, carrying his coat, as he looks back for his companions. Behind him, the man in black jacket and purple shirt inclines his head, thinking. Another black jacket, with his back to us, is also deep in thought. While a girl in brown with red hair looks to the right, hair whipping about to face. Yet, another figure gazes at a phone. As you look, more people emerge in more details of life happening, and you wonder…
“What happened next?”One thing I’m certain of, this is not my last Crowd painting. I’ve shied away from crowds in the past but lately, they’re growing on me.
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.