Narrow boats Pageant day Oil on Canvas 8" x 20"
Time for an update and a bit off taking stock as it's been a long wile since I've touched my blog! We've had a huge family upheaval recently as my wife had a heart attack just over a week ago which has shaken up my priority about whats important in life so painting and my career as an artist is going to be taking a bit of a back seat for a wile as caring for and spending more time with my family has become a priority. I thought then that it might also be a good time to spend a bit of time reflecting on the work I've been doing over the last few months and to take stock and update my blog and web site.
This painting of narrow boats coming through Tower Bridge was started last year. I put a few finishing touches to it on Friday afternoon and it's been selected to go into an exhibition of works by Artists of the River Pageant as part of this years Thames Festival. I painted it from photos I took before the start of the Pageant last year and its about the moment when I got to London and the river last year and this was one of the first scenes I saw and for me this was the moment when all the planning and imagining became a reality. I found it quite a moving scene seeing these little tiny narrow boats emerging out of the drizzle and mist through Tower Bridge making their way up the Thames to the start of the event.