Saturday, 23 September 2017

Aviation Art


Following our visit to the aviation artists display at the Mall Gallery we had a mutual challenge. Alistair would build a model of my choosing and I would do a painting of it. Planes are difficult, although I like the colours and the sky. The plane is a WW1 Fokker Eindecker.

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Typical Townhouse


One of my favourite areas of London is the back streets around St James' Park. In between the colossal government buildings are surviving London townhouses from the C18th. This is the typical layout with a railinged basement, the largest windows on the first floor. The colours of brick vary and some are stuccoed to resemble royal icing. Some like this look like two rooms on each floor. To visit one go to Chelsea where you can enjoy the atmospheric Carlyle's House or in Kensington 18 Stafford Terrace. Both are wonderfully unchanged. 

Sunday, 10 September 2017

General Doings


I have a glut of tomatoes from the plants on my balcony. Tomatoes are one of my favourite things to draw; the bold colours, simple shapes and spiky er stem bits. These look a bit deflated which is my bad drawing.
In other news the weather has definitely turned to Autumn, which I quite like, it is one of my favourite seasons. 
I am refreshing my autumn wardrobe with more black, a fake leather jacket and a beige mac which makes me look like that woman in Allo Allo. But in a good way. I am trying for a new look which is more sophisticated and darker in tones. Trawling the many charity shops in posh areas where the good stuff is to be found. 

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Victorian City


One of my great architectural loves are old train stations. Especially if a bit past their days of glory; sooty, shambolic and chaotic warrens of crowds, pigeons and unexpected beauty.
This is Victoria station built by the Southern Railway Company. A great station of London although blighted by buses, fast food outlets and discarded newspapers. In a gloriously pretentious French Renaissance style and flanked by the equally French and impressive London Chatham Railway terminus and the colossal Grosvenor Hotel. The station was built in 1860 and rebuilt in 1898. Victoria was the main station for trains to Europe until the development of Eurostar and the Orient Express still departs from here. The station is where the hero in The Importance of Being Earnest was discovered and is mentioned in the Sherlock Holmes stories.
An obsessive drawing in crabby permanent marker for speed, with ink over.
I may do a series of drawings of London's great train termini.

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Bladerunner City


This turned out a lot more apocalyptic than I was planning. The view is the city of London from the south bank near Tower Bridge. I was there to visit the Sherd, also a very futuristic experience.
The skyscrapers are all named after household gadgets; left to right The Walkytalky, the Cheesegrater and the Gherkin. These are not their official names of course...
When we first moved to London we stayed near the Gherkin (or Swiss Re building). Actually swiss re sounds like a kind of cheese so that is no better really. It was a very surreal experience as it was right opposite the living room window like a giant spaceship.
There is a lot of wet on wet ink here and it is even more monochrome. Actually the view is very attractive. Many cranes as London is being endlessly demolished and rebuilt in an urban chaos which is quite exciting.

Friday, 18 August 2017

Embankment Magnolia


I love the exotic gardens along the Embankment by the Thames where I saw this giant magnolia. Appropriately we were on our way back from the Perfume exhibition at the Courtauld Gallery.
This is an effort in ink wash only, no pen, no outlines, no drawing. I like the colours.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Apples of Acton


Apples from an aged tree drying in Leen's garage in Acton. They are wonderfully huge and uneven. We had fun shaking them from the tree with a hoe on a pole and trying to dodge as they crashed down. Also, does anyone have any recipes for cooking apples, especially savoury recipes?
Art wise I am still obsessed by Japanese art, trying to use inks in increasingly bold and simple ways. I concentrated on the shadows and used a lot of wet on wet for the chaotic look I love. I really love this which actually turned out how I imagined, a rare moment in art.