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Artist: Tom Burley

Corn Market Derby

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Title: Corn Market Derby

I sat on a small camping seat on St Peter’s Street to get this view of Corn Market and Iron Gate leading up to Derby Cathedral. Sitting and sketching in the middle of a busy shopping street always invites passers-by to view and comment on my work and I enjoy the interaction although sometimes I do get some well-meaning advice, the most recent contributor advised me to ditch the messy watercolours and use Procreate on an iPad so I could get nice straight lines.  I am currently ignoring this advice and will continue with my messy, inaccurate fountain pen and sloppy watercolours, I just love the way they go together.

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.