Work in Progress: London Waterways Series

Most Sundays since Lockdown my cousin and I go for a run up or down the Lea Valley and the places we pass inspire the images. The icons in the sky are a common element of the series illustrating wider issues behind the human landscapes of both the climate crisis/global warming and Covid19.

'Hackney Marshes Bridge'. This is my first attempt at the series. The elements haven't come together and I'm not happy with the colours, finish and composition. The sky and water are an early version of my climate crisis icons. I'm like the subject matter and am thinking of coming back to this image for another try.

'Ponders End Mill'. This is the second in the series and I'm much happier with the outcome. The image on the right is a Photoshop sketch study, again before I'd finalised my sky icon pattern. The image on the left is the complete screenprint, though with the icons in the sky added in Photoshop.

'Ponders End Mill Fields'. This is the third in the series. The image on the right is a Photoshop sketch study, again before I'd finalised my sky icon pattern. The image on the left is the complete screenprint whic included the sky icons this time.

'Mile End Studios' (including the ELP studio on the ground floor). The fourth in the series is another what I consider failure. The image on the right is the complete screenprint but I'm not happy with the sky icons in the windows, the colours and the course finish of the blockout paintwork. The image on the left is a subsequent Photoshop edit of the image. This is an improvement but still has a way to go. Like the 'Hackney Marshes Bridge' print I'm thinking of having another go at this image. 

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'Regents Canal, Mile End' (including the ELP studio on the ground floor). This is a second attempt at this view and I think works much better.