There is something wonderful about working in public spaces. It is that element of chance that seeps into your work, which you can try to artificially recreate in a studio environment, but it’s not quite the same thing.
This Sunday I started watercolouring in the park, working in large sheets to create mini-spectacles and raise curiosity. It didn’t take long, with people coming and saying ‘I hope you don’t mind, I’m just being nosy’.
I placed a sheet of paper on the ground, and started painting the Egyptian gate, more commonly known as the Wishing Gate. It has a bird sculpture at the top with a missing head. As I was pondering whether to draw the broken bird or add the imagined missing head, a dog trod on my drawing leaving his paw print exactly where the bird is, completing my picture for me.