This where we stay when we visit London with our group of friends
This building is the Pagoda at Kew Gardens and is very special to me. I first saw the other side of it in 1967. I was the goal kicker for Sheffield University Rugby Team playing Loughborough College in the UAU "Cup" Final at Old Deer Park which is located on the far side of Kew Gardens. I missed 2 vital kicks which meant we didn't win the "Cup". I think I was admiring the Pagoda and kicked the ball towards the building instead of between the posts! I was reminded about those missed kicks over 40 years later. Anyway, the pencil sketch was drawn in-situ on the afternoon of 5th December this year, I ran out of daylight due to the time of year and have been so busy on the commercial side of my artwork, I've not had enough free time until today (29th Dec) to finish painting the work. This explains my lack of Blog/News for the best part of a month!
From our visit to London just over a week ago. Two icons of Brutalist Architecture of the 60's - The Hayward Gallery and The Queen Elizabeth Hall Purcell Room on the South Bank sketched from the North Bank of the Thames.
One more London Travel Poster. This drawing is of St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square adjacent to the National Gallery. I'm off soon to help set up our Exhibition at Gallery 35, Chapel Walk in Sheffield City Centre open 11th- 16th August!
LONDON (Westminster Abbey)
Sian took my paintings to Art in the Gardens Submission Day and all 5 were accepted.
The lower image took me 4 hours on a jetty sticking out into the Thames last Saturday 26 October. I spent at least half of that sheltering from the rain and galeforce gusts. I finally packed it in when a mini tornado sucked the plastic lining out of a bin in front of me, sending 2 empty bottles of beer crashing onto the pavings frightening the b'jesus out of me! I was hiding under my umbrella at the time and didn't realise what was happening - I thought there was an express train coming. The umbrella I've had in my sketching rucksack for the last 7 or 8 years is no more, deceased, turned completely inside out. I completed the drawing at home.