In the Studio – Not Painting

Again, I must apologise. This is another belated post – almost a month late! Ooops!

The quest for a suitable piece of art for my Dad’s birthday continued! I returned to a medium I was confident with, the trusty Biro Pen.

I wanted to retain the North East transport connection and searched for images Busses from my hometown’s past, finding a West Hartlepool Trolley Bus and an image from 1901 depicting a Tram.


West Hartlepool Corporation Trolley Bus No.4 circa 1924

Once the vehicles themselves had been drawn out onto the paper then the surrounding area was brushed with water before I sprinkled Brusho onto the page. The pigment then flows around the dampened area and creates fields of fantastical colour, often suggesting a dream-like sunset.


Hartlepool Electric Tramways No.17, Church Street, 1901. 

It is worth pointing out that the pieces shown here are some of the successful pieces out of about eight that were made, some being let down by bad colour choices at the brusho stage and some not quite right at the drawing stage. Depicted below is one of those successes, a Blackpool Balloon Tram.


Blackpool Balloon Tram 712.

This post rounds off the work made in Allerton Studios, Salford. I have now moved into a nice new (albeit smaller) studio and have begun to make very different work of which I will keep you posted on.

Until next time!



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