An original painting "Millennium Vision" in watercolour and acrylic ink on textured watercolour paper. The painting is sold unframed.
Dreams are how things happen!
Every construction starts with a vision. Be it big or small, an initial idea is needed to direct what becomes reality. To celebrate the year 2000 many monuments were planned and erected.
This London Eye Painting is about dreams
The London Eye or Millennium Wheel is my favourite. I'm drawn to circles. Simple but strong, they are the heart of all engineering projects. They allow movement. The Millennium wheel's construction is a seemingly impossible structure more air than substance. Identical components in a repetitive pattern, without ending or beginning, relentless like the passage of time. Laws of physics make it possible but the complexity required to create such a structure amazes me.
The wheel itself has been around for millennia...
so what better way to mark the turning of one than by constructing a wheel? A symbol of turning as the passage of time is marked on the clock.
My London Eye Painting needed to be an abstract element with a hint of the full circle. Looking up, seems the right direction for dreams. A segment of time looking clockwise to an unknown future. An arc that will continue beyond the page but only exists in the imagination.
In other words a Millennium Dream...
So what are you dreaming?
The picture is painted on watercolour paper. I start off with a detailed pencil drawing. I then draw over the lines with masking fluid before painting it with a watercolour wash which gets covered with clingfilm. Once this is removed the picture is further developed using acrylic inks which are left to dry before the masking is removed to reveal the final picture.