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The Town Hall

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There’s an air of mystery about the square that leads to the ‘Town Hall’, so it seemed that the colours need to add to the unreality of the place…..

The-Town-Hall

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No more basements, fewer HGVs and  a rethink on the dams on Hampstead Heath. But now that Spring looks probable and Summer possible, it will be great to take a proper stroll again…

Heath-with-grasses

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The bodies of the figures, men and children, and of the shire horses are taken from real life but the horses heads are similar to the “horse head” of an oil well pump. The installation, ‘the Rising Tide’ by Jason deClaires Taylor – is a comment on the impact of fossil fuels on our planet. The installation could be seen emerging from the Thames on the opposite side of the bank from the Houses of Parliament as the water level dropped.

InstallationAs the horses emerged from the river, so did the flotsam – the traffic cones, plastic bottles and other debris, which was a fitting comment on the theme of the sculpture.

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Exhibition over now so must get back to painting. So what better than a scene I know really well. Where the tourist amphibious vehicles enter the water, near Vauxhall Bridge, and directly opposite the Tate Britain, the casual beachcomber can take in some iconic London sights.

Thames-near-Reach

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Further down the Thames the O2 stands proud. I wonder why this jetty, larger than the venue, caught my eye….

O2Thamesview

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A stroll across towards Hampstead Heath from Kenwood reveals – for locals – a familiar view. The huge house peeking through the woods is Athlone House. Over 150 years old it’s been a private house, an RAF college and was used by the NHS, but now very sadly it’s under threat of demolition. So I thought I’d paint it, as many have done before.

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Pleased to have sold some paintings at the exhibition – now it’s back to work to come up with something new. On a bright – but very cold – day I saw a great reflection of Crouch End’s Clocktower in the window of the local bookshop. Quite a difficult image to tackle and I will need to try out different approaches, but here’s the first attempt….

Clocktower-reflection

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