On the 3rd of September 2011…
I sat on Queen Victoria street, London, drawing a building which was not there. I was drawing a small house located in the small village Bedrichovice in the Czech Republic. The drawing was for the Katerina Seda project, commissioned by Tate Modern.
I drew from 11.30 till 7 in the evening, and luckily it was a warm lovely day. I met some of villagers from Bedrichovice including the lady who’s house I was drawing. Although not speaking the same language, I wasn’t too sure if she liked my drawing, I do not think she was too happy that I had concentrated on drawing the damp and the lovely patterns of tones it produced, great for an artist, probably not for a home owner.
The drawing, is not my usual work and it was very challenging. I wanted to focus tone, the application of tone and the delicacy of the tonal variations. It was a learning curve and did teach me quite a lot.
At the end of the day, we handed in our work and headed for a party with free food and drink, which after a long day was very much appreciated. I’ve heard that the work may form a exhibition or be put together in a book, but we will just have to wait and see.