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Artist: Tom Burley

Belper Rooftop Sunflower

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Title: Belper Rooftop Sunflower

This poor sunflower was clinging on to the thin, poor soil on a flat roof in Belper, Derbyshire.  I’ve always loved rooftops and the sunflower provided a point of interest.  I was unable to paint this on location as I had to stand in the middle of the road to get a source photograph.

Ink and watercolour on paper.

Artist Bio:
Working quickly with a fountain pen, waterproof ink and watercolour, Tom captures views of cafes, city streets and rural views in an urban sketch style.  Some of these are worked into larger pictures back in the studio using pen and wash or oil.  Sometimes an image demands to be painted and battles a path via sketches and photographs to be released from just an idea to become a finished piece of work.

Tom has always been fascinated by our impact on the landscape and started sketching the urban environment of cafes, railway stations and airports while travelling for work.  Now Tom can often be found sketching and painting in and around Derby and enjoys chatting to onlookers about art techniques, the history of local buildings or where to find the best coffee and cake.