Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Old Drawings #46

Saltwell Park - By the Towers.
(Charcoal, compressed charcoal on cartridge paper; 19 x 33 ins)

In 1998 I began to think about drawing the countryside rather than the town. I don't live in the countryside, however, so I decided the next best thing might be the local park. Saltwell Park at the time had been in decline for some years and the once splendid Saltwell Towers was nearing collapse. The Towers are that gloomy bulk at the right of the drawing.

I'm delighted to say that with a Government grant, the Park has since been restored to its former Victorian splendour and won an award as Britain's Best Park in 2005


April Jarocka said...

Love it Harry....love your loose style with the charcoal..

harry bell said...

Thanks, April. One day perhaps, I'll get back into this kind of drawing.

Casey Klahn said...

I particularly like the perspectives at play - very complex and very pleasing.

harry bell said...

Thanks, Casey.