A little trio of watercolour paintings of views of London’s Tower Bridge, as seen from London Bridge.
When time permits, I’m always intrigued to look at the feeds of any new followers. Often, they are artists – in the way that I mainly follow other artists, but sometimes, it just seems to be people who are following purely because they like what they see.
It was when looking at the feed of a new follower, by the username of CarrieP that I came across a whole series of images of London’s iconic Tower Bridge as seen from London Bridge. I thought they were wonderful images and felt really inspired to try to paint them.
This was the first painting that I did:
Once I’d painted this, I contacted CarrieP to share this image with her and was delighted by her reaction, and her permission to share it, along with any other subsequent paintings that I might do.
Our exchange only heightened the significance of the subject matter for me. CarrieP used to work in London and used to cross London Bridge on her journey to and from work.
For many years during my time in London, I used to cycle across Tower Bridge to and from work. Although we were in London at different times, I loved the idea that Carrie’s photos and my paintings were like the two of us saying ‘hi’ to each other across time, from one bridge to another.
Suffice to say, by this point I was in full reminiscence mode for my time in London. I was also still inspired by many more of Carrie’s photos. Here’s the next view I tackled:
Although I liked this one, there was something about it that didn’t work as well as the previous painting. In all of these views, I was taking a squarish instagram image and extending it by quite a lot to create these portrait format paintings.
I decided to try cropping some of the bottom off this painting which I felt was an improvement:
I think one of the things I really enjoyed about these scenes was the simplicity of being able to communicate something that was very clearly London in such a quick and direct manner. The ‘London’ element in each painting only takes up a tiny proportion of each painting – the rest of the space is given over to sky and water.
After doing these two, I felt compelled to at least make it a hat-trick! Here’s the third:
I think the first and third paintings are the strongest of these three but I really enjoyed painting all of them.
As I was looking at them side by side, I was struck by how with the correct arrangement, the buildings from each painting merged precisely across the three scenes.
This was totally unintentional but brought a smile to my face nevertheless. It seemed to make them look more like a triptych rather than three separate paintings of the same view.
Heart Research UK‘s #anonartproject came to a thrilling conclusion on Sunday night. Last week I promised that I’d share the outcome today. Many eagle eyed followers had already identified which images were mine, and I was delighted by people’s interest in following the auction and the progress of my images.
At the request of Heart Research UK however, I’ve been asked to keep the details of which images were mine secret for just a little longer! The images are being sent out this week and next, which means that winning bidders still don’t know for certain whose work they have won, and it’s certainly not for me to do any spoilers!
Hopefully I’ll be able to go fully public with all of the details next week. In the meantime, and far more importantly, I can report that every single submission sold, and that the money raised this year was over £53,500 – which is the most ever raised by this particular project. I was personally delighted that my paintings exceeded the target that I’d nominally hoped for. This means that over the past three years, my submissions have raised over £1,000 for Heart Research UK.
As I could never afford to donate this much, I can’t tell you how good it feels to have been able to play a small part in this great initiative.