2016 acrylic on linen
45 x 55 cm (18 x 22 inches)
I find inspiration in viewing familiar landmarks from unfamiliar locations. The Shard, due to its imposing height can, of course, be seen from many locations and I consider it a great reference point and compass.
Petrol stations are also familiar objects and are ubiquitous but, unlike the Shard, they are usually not noticed and become something invisible from an aesthetic or contemplative point of view. They represent, of course, a literal physical journey and are much used.
When I painted this picture in early January it made me think momentarily of people’s New Years Resolutions… Has anyone decided to ditch their motorcar in favour of walking?
Not many, judging by the number of walkers in the scene!