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Showing posts from December, 2013

Horse Guards Avenue

5"X7" Acrylic on board

From Victoria Embankment.
This is the last of the London series for now. I think that I will concentrate on sketching and still-life for a while. It is time that I took a break from working from photographs.

St. Paul's from the Thames

5"X7" Acrylic on board
St. Pauls approached from Tate Modern, across the MIllenium footbridge.

Happy Christmas.

Paddington Underground

5"X7" Acrylic on board

Paddington railway (overground) station featured in the books about the bear of the same name (by Michael Bond). The underground station is perhaps less well known but dates back to 1863 and was the original western terminus of the Metropolitan Railway.

St Paul's Covent Garden

5"X7" Acrylic on board

Designed by Inigo Jones in the 1630s as part of the "Covent Garden Piazza", it is also known as the Actors' Church for its close association with nearby West End theatres and the neighbouring Royal Opera House.

The famous setting for the opening scene of Shaw's Pygmalion, it also saw the first recorded (by Samuel Pepys) English performance of a Punch and Judy play. It has its own in-house professional theatre company, Iris Theatre, and the Orchestra of St Paul's, a professional chamber ensemble, is also based here.

On the day I was there there were mime artists, jugglers and magicians performing outside.

The Shard

7"X5" Acrylic on board

I am not sure whether I like it or not, but it is certainly a striking building. Here it is seen form the other side of the Thames, London Bridge in the middle ground.

The Shard

London Cormorant

5"X7" Acrylic on board

For all I know this is a daily routine, although I felt quite special, witnessing this display. It would be easy to believe that this guy was a statue. He held this pose for several minutes, silhouetted against the afternoon sky. Finally he folded his wings and rested for a few more minutes before taking off.

 There were no Cormorants on the Thames when I was young, so it is testament to the cleanup of the water that there are now enough fish to support them.

The Eye

5"X7" Acrylic on board

London was at its best when I was there earlier this year. It rained almost every day, but true to form, the sun shone every day too.

I have mixed feelings about the London Eye but is certainly quite spectacular, especially in the late afternoon light. This probably doesn't rank as the hardest thing I have ever attempted (that position is reserved for the rainbow), but anything that requires a freehand circle with varying contrast  has to rank quite high.

The series I have started here were to be studies for possible larger works. I have a feeling that this one won't be revisited.