Seizing colour and movement on paper in real time is a kind of sport for me. There’s an excitement to recording a glimpse of a landscape through a train window in limited time, as there is to capturing animals in action, or individuals criss-crossing a square, in colour. I’ll use watercolour crayons, coloured brush pens, or pencils to capture in a small format, something distinct about each individual, a telling gesture, a movement that is precise, not generalized.
For the sheer energy in them, such sketches are not only references informing my painting and work as an illustrator, or simply records of a moment in time, but I see them as stand-alone works, at times containing stories to unearth later.
What will get me going on slower-paced watercolours of buildings like those in Bell Lane, is the play of light across coloured surfaces. Then, as I work, I’ll sense a narrative behind the traces that people have left there. Something as commonplace as the marks on an old shop front, a shuttered window, the rhythm of street furniture, and graffitti can take on a depth as intriguing and mysterious as a sculpture on a cathedral porch.
Bell Lane h 20cm x w 20cm
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