For those who don't run with the 'right side creative side' brain usage theories; here are the direct observations of a 72% lefty.

Monday, 22 August 2016

Ukrainian Cathedral near Bond Street


Or or give it it's original name, King's Weigh House Chapel. Dedicated in 1891, the immense piece of late Victorian Gothic Revival occupies a corner of Binney Street W1. Not a particular fan of the style, but you have got to admire the imagination and craftsmanship of the guys who put these things up. And, if one relishes a perspective challenge, I don't think it could be better (or worse). 

Monday, 18 July 2016

Into the distance, from Peter Jones.


On my site, I have called this The Albert Memorial. I think it's in the general direction, and when the sun is shining, you can see flashes of gold. For the past couple of years, I've concentrated on close ups of buildings, no setting or context included. But the lure of the horizon, albeit a West London one, began to beckon. 

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Three Guardian Angels




The Church of the Guardian Angels in Mile End Road needed to be included in my Point me to the Skies series just for its name alone! Also, it is a very quirky design; and I was reliably informed by a passer by who goes in the five times a day, that it is 147 years old . Anyway, this took me three goes before I felt I had something 'spire suitable'. I love the first one (top) but I wanted something a tad neater. The second effort resulted in a distorted view owing to my close proximity and having to look up at a more acute angle. And lastly, the minimal lines with a way better standing point. Close up studies are great, but remember, what ends up on your paper, is what you see.

Saturday, 28 May 2016

St Peter Vere Street 350ยบ


I thought I had finished the spire set. I was going to draw something else. Then a friend alerted me to the large group to be found in the environs of SW3; Kensington, Chelsea, etc. But a tad closer to home, well, Oxford Circus at any rate, I discovered St Peter in Vere Street. I'd started to miss going for it just with my fineliner, so I left my beloved 0.5 HB clutch in the pencil case. Two hours later, job done.

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Kings Cross St Pancras


After a couple of months umm-ing and ah-ing about it, I decided today was the day and got the paint box out. In a previous post on this drawing, I owned up to using the 'wrong sort' of paper for using only a 0.5 clutch pencil. I'd taken photos on the day, just in case, but as luck would have it, they were nowhere to be found. Sometimes, one's memory, imagination, and Google images, is a good thing.

Friday, 29 April 2016

More fish in the sea, and in Waitrose


For The South Woodford Village Gazette

Rather more organic than architecture but the rules of proportion remain the same. I drew this in pencil on site, in Waitrose, with permission, and watercolored it at home. On this one, I found that  when drawing architectural pieces, I prefer buildings with quirky details, on these fish, it was making the plain ones recognisable that I enjoyed the most. In this case, the Plaice and the Squids.

Point Me to the Skies, St Katherine Cree


Point Me to the Skies
Photo: Thomas Corrie

Planning a solo show is an amazing experience, which lasts six months. Don't even think about doing one in less. The reason it takes so long, is that your ideas on presentation need six months to reach their optimum visual impact. You can think of everything, just not all at the same time. There will always be unforeseen circumstances and there is no point in fretting about what they might be; that's why they're called unforeseen. The thing is, be flexible, adaptive, communicative and friendly. Stay focused on what you want from your show, whether it's sales, contacts, or press, and make sure everything you do plays up to what your work is about. Below, with John Goodall of Country Life magazine, third from left.


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