View of Ham Common Pond

View of Ham Common Pond, 2014
watercolour on paper
30 x 40 cm (12 x 15.75 inches)

A trip up the mouth of the Saugatuck River

Olympus OM-10, Zuiko 50mm 1.8, Agfa APX 100

The Saugatuck River empties into Long Island Sound at Westport, Connecticut. In the 17th century the river was the site of a Paugusset settlement. The name of the river is derived from the Paugusset language and means "river that flows out". (Source, Source and Source)

In this sequence of photographs three bridges are seen crossing the river. The most physically imposing structure is the Interstate 95 bridge constructed out of steel and concrete in a functional Brutalist style. From the photographs it can be seen that an additional lane of highway has been added to either side of the original structure. I-95 is the main north–south highway on the East Coast of the USA, parts of which first opened in 1957; it stretches from Miami in Florida to the Canadian border.

In the distance in the second photograph can be seen The Saugatuck River Bridge. Built in 1884, it is the oldest surviving movable bridge in Connecticut and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2007 the bridge was named the William F. Cribari Memorial Bridge. (Source)

In the final photograph is depicted the Saugatuck River Railroad Bridge, which was built in 1905. It is part of Metro North's New Haven Line service that runs from New Haven, Connecticut, to Grand Central Station in New York City. The bridge design is a single leaf Scherzer rolling lift bascule bridge. (Source)

Map of Ham Common and surrounding roads

Map of Ham Common and surrounding roads, 2014
ink and graphite pencil on tracing paper
253 x 378 mm

This is the sheet of tracing paper on which the map of roads surrounding Ham Common has been traced from Google Maps. From this tracing the scaled-up map in blue acrylic with its omissions and spatial distortions in Four Pieced Panels: Ham Common Pond has been derived.

The oval shape in the top-left corner (much magnified in comparison to the tracing of roads) is the outline from Google Maps of the pond on Ham Common. The outline has first been traced from a laptop screen in ink and then on the reverse side of this tracing sheet the line repeated in pencil; the tracing has then been placed on top of a sheet of paper, ink tracing side-up, and the tracing in ink rubbed with pencil to transfer the faint outline of the pencil line underneath to the paper sheet. The faint outline in pencil on the sheet of paper has then been cut-out to create the shape (subsequently painted yellow) of Ham Common Pond collaged onto Four Pieced Panels: Ham Common Pond.

Isabella Plantation, Richmond Park

Isabella Plantation, Richmond Park, 2014
watercolour on paper
229 x 305 mm (9 x 12 inches)

Four Panel Piece: Ham Common Pond

Four Panel Piece: Ham Common Pond, 2014
acrylic, ink, compressed charcoal, pastel and collage on pieced papers
57 x 82 cm (22.5 x 32 inches)

This piece comprises four pieced paper panels. Each panel is made of two layers of A3 paper glued together with acrylic medium. On each panel is a rough, rapidly executed, expressionist and abstracted depiction of the pond on Ham Common in South West London. These images of the pond are derived from the same source photograph. The image on each panel is part drawing in compressed charcoal and ink sprayed down with water from a diffuser that is then monoprinted onto a painting on canvas which also depicts the same photograph of the pond. In a reversal of the process of monoprinting the image from paper panel to canvas, acrylic, compressed charcoal and ink have been applied to the canvas and this image monoprinted onto some of the paper panels. Residues of earlier monoprintings onto the canvas and onto the paper panels have further complicated and abstracted the image of the pond found on each panel in the completed piece. These four panels have then been pieced together.

Superimposed on the four pieced panels is a map in blue acrylic of the roads that surround the pond. This map was painted freehand from a tracing in ink from a laptop screen displaying the Google street map of the area around Ham Common. The freehand map contains inaccuracies, omissions and spatial distortions.

The underpainting on the bottom-left panel is in cadmium red acrylic and on the top-right panel in green pastel mixed with acrylic medium — the choice of these colours and mediums is arbitrary.

The writing in yellow on the left column of panels is a list of the names of some of the roads in the map as recorded from Google Maps during the process of creating the initial map tracing — the selection and order of the names has no other significance. The list of the roads is as follows: Lock Road, Ham Street, Upper Ham Road, Back Lane, New Road, Mornington Walk, Ham Gate Avenue, Church Road, Ham Farm Road, Warners Lane and Dukes Avenue.

The collaged yellow shape that bisects the two columns of panels is the pond on Ham Common.

Richmond Park, between Broomfield Hill and Pen Ponds

Richmond Park, between Broomfield Hill and Pen Ponds, 2014
watercolour on paper
229 x 305 mm (9 x 12 inches)

Balcony view of a garden 2

Balcony view of a garden 2, 2014
ink on paper
239 x 306 mm (9.5 x 12 inches)

Balcony view of a garden

Balcony view of a garden, 2014
watercolour on paper
239 x 307 mm (9.5 x 12 inches)

Watercolour studies

The pond on Ham Common, 2014
watercolour and watercolour pencil on paper
239 x 307 mm (9.5 x 12 inches)

Weeping willow, Ham Common pond, 2014
watercolour and watercolour pencil on paper
239 x 307 mm (9.5 x 12 inches)

Oak Pond, Hampton Court Park, 2014
watercolour pencil on paper
239 x 307 mm (9.5 x 12 inches)

River Thames, Lower Ham Road

River Thames, Lower Ham Road, 2014
pigment ink on paper
234 x 307 mm (9.25 x 12 inches)