The Thames North Bank

The Thames North Bank

Here I went down to the south bank of the Thames in London and stood on the beach that is exposed at low tide. On the beach are lots of bits of wood, chips of pottery, glass, old clay pipes, animal bones – and I’m sure lots of treasure is buried there, but I had a great view of the other side of the river and the buildings opposite – which look quite small and old-fashioned in my drawing, but they are in fact fairly large.

I’ve completely given up worrying about making the drawing too precise and am just enjoying drawing. The pen gives a nice-looking, solid line if you just feather it over the paper, so all the mannerisms of a moving hand are picked up – like on a seismograph maybe, and transferred into the drawing.

I understand all the buildings you can see here – which are currently behind a high wall, then a four-lane road, actually stand where the river bank used to be, and at least some of these buildings used to stand right on the water’s edge – like in Venice.