Drawing in public places

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.

wishing gate drawing

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