Canals, Rivers and Atmosphere

November 18 2015

On my way to the Affordable Art Fair, I stopped to enjoy some misty and atmospheric views up the Thames, off of Chelsea Bridge. Almost like going back in time, it felt almost Dickensian. One of my show highlights was a brilliant charcoal, ‘Pool Study’ by Patsy McArthur. Her bathers suspended in a beautifully transparent weightlessness, with light reflecting and dancing on their skin and the surrounding space. There’s just something wonderful about black and white drawings.

Pool Study

Image: ‘Pool Study’by Patsy McArthur - charcoal on paper.

A surprise find - I didn’t think that a trip to source some bathroom tiles would take me aboard a fantastic canal barge. The rentable accommodation, now on my places to stay list, was moored outside Bert & May’s tile showroom, Bethnal Green. It included a log burner and a decadently tiled shower room. I could easily live on board.

Barge Interior

Image: Bert and May’s barge, Regents Canal, Hackney, London.

Am working on some drawings at present: looking to create some somber and dark imagery of horses, along the lines of my ghosts and shadows illustrations. Can’t seem to do cute and fluffy, tend to enjoy dark and scary image making, not sure what says about me!!!

Ghosts and Shadows

Image: Horse Images from my ‘Ghosts and Shadows’ series.

And to complete my water theme, with a good pinch of atmosphere this month, ‘River’, what a great, refreshingly different crime drama. I’m just soaking up the cinematography, one of those you need to watch more than once to fully appreciate it on all levels. I love moody, gritty and atmospheric imagery.

Visually and creatively it’s been a very monochromatic month for me.