I'm working on aerial paintings of the Thames now, based on photos taken on the helicopter ride with Neil Pinkett last summer. I'm really feeling the amazing history of these sites as I'm painting them, how much the architecture use has changed while the old river has kept plodding by. Back in the first half of last century this was a bustling port with hundreds of wharfes bringing in cargo from all over the world, with thousands of dockyard cranes working away day and night. By the 60s and early 70s this had all but died out, and the beautiful warehouse buildings were demolished or converted into very expensive apartments. Now much of the riverbank has been converted to soul-less money making apartment blocks and the river is little used. A reflection of changing times and fortunes.
Reading this you might think I don't like London, but its not that at all - in a lot of ways I'm just more attracted to its past than its present.
45x45cm acrylic on board