Market Cafe, eating a full English breakfast, watercolour & pencils on A6 paper
Above are two sketches from a popular cafe next to Spitalfields church, frequented by local East End residents, builders, artists & a few from the city who’d discovered the great value food. It had an open kitchen where you could go & choose the cuts you wanted from the roasting tray straight out of the oven. I lived & worked at the time in the area & enjoyed many breakfasts & lunches there.
This was the view from a temporary studio, where I was based during the construction of GSK new headquarters, London. I’d regularly hear the sound as the road sweep went round the site squirting out jets of water with its big brushes cleaning the streets. Working on building sites I became very aware of the daily routine & cycles & became fascinated by the often mundane but essential processes that are part of creating these huge infrastructures.
(Above) is one of a series of watercolours made during the construction of Chek Lap Kok, Hong Kong’s new airport. This watercolour was painted on site in the Marine workshop where there were some extraordinary parts of machinery. Above is a large dredger head used to suck up sand & mud from the sea bed as part of the reclamation process, it constantly needed repairs from being ground down by debris & sand. It was a great subject to sketch, with orange clad welders sparking up their welding rods inside rusty sea worn structures.