Thursday, 17 November 2011

Richborough Power Station, When It’s Gone, Its Gone

Quick watercolour sketch of the power station today, well it is my day off, I took one photo of it with flash and one without, I don’t know if either of them will look ok, but there you go.

I took a picture of my sketchpad and painting equipment, straight after painting it, for anyone interested.

The whole thing goes in ones pocket easily the colours used were rose madder, Prussian blue, burnt umber, lemon yellow, yellow ochre, and Paynes grey. I didn’t use the, cobalt blue, titanium white or ivory black that are also in my paint box.

The point I am trying to make here is the power station is likely to be demolished soon and I suppose I have seen it a lot over the last 45 years but it is the attempt to paint it that will make the strongest memory of what it looked like for me.


  1. Nice One Michael, I always intended to paint but never did. I too was going to take a picture when over at the reserve last week but didn't ......... hmmmm I am spotting a theme here

  2. Don if you do decide to have a go, discuss the equipment with me first, assuming your hands are pretty shaky I would go for watercolour like I do, the paint runs all over the place and the end result is mostly a mater of luck.

  3. Hiya Michael and Don

    My wife started art classes a couple of years ago. She is currently doing ink wash and then painting out using a bleach solution to create like silhouettes.

    Michael if you check out my Facebook friend Nigel Davis. His profile pic is the one used when he gained the offer of work as "Taurus" on the TV show Gladiators. He has said it is fine for my wife to have a go at painting that. A light shade and sheen challenge I think.

    Is it MS you have Don ? There is one MS lad who trains at the gym here. An Afro Caribbean lad who was a roofer ! I think his main issue is the huge fatigue that is part of the condition. I seem to recall trying to look it up for him, not much on MS physio on google, and saying cut back on the cardio and increase the weights as it does something to help against the fatigue and also to mitigate the pain. Maybe you are more advanced than him.

    My blog on training with COPD

    I got my wife the projector from Argos so a photo can be projected and enlarged on to the canvas to get the initial outline and proportions. Best of luck with it Don. Will we be seeing an exhibition at the book shop entitled "The Earner Centre" ?


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