Sketches on the train, bus and tube in December I

Mall Galleries people people sketches ROI

These are my latest sketches on public transport. All these sketches were either done on my way to my studio or when coming back from my studio-I commute from Belvedere in Kent, to Chelsea in Central London, the journey can take between 90 minutes to 180 minutes. Sometimes they happen when I see a face that I just can't resist sketching. I try to make notes on the sketches of where I started and ended the journey, or sometimes colour notes if I am going to transform the sketch into a colour rough. You can see more of how I do this on my blog "From Black and White to Colour".

Hope you enjoy these, I always love to see what simple lines and strokes can do with limited amount of tones. The results are not always what I expect but the experience is what I long for and enjoy! London is a bubbling city! The array of faces from different backgrounds and phases of life is just limitless. Hence I am addicted to sketching on public transport, are you?

Now, enough of these sketches, I am off to the Private View of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters where I am ready to have a grand feast of works by some of the finest painters using Oil in the United Kingdom and even beyond! I am happy to say I have a painting in the exhibition, which is my first portrait to be exhibited in the Mall Galleries!!!! I am thrilled and not only that, I am also thrilled because it's of a homeless guy I posted on few weeks ago. If I go up to this homeless guy and tell him he is in the Mall Galleries-where all the Federation of Britsh Artists exhibit, he won't believe it!-But that's what the power of sketching can do-I saw him, sketched him and produced a painting entirely from the sketch and now it's in the Prestigious Annual ROI Exhibition! Enough said, need to go and enjoy-I am also addicted to looking at beautiful paintings-sometimes I spend loads of minutes analysing how an artist went about a particular piece..........tell me to stop and just get going!;0)

'The reduction of a head in movement to a bare line seemed to me defensible' - Marcel Duchamp

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