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Darley Abbey Toll House

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Title: Darley Abbey Toll House

This small octagonal building was used as the toll house for the bridge over the river Derwent in Darley Abbey.  The bridge dates from 1783 but is currently closed due to risk of collapse, a temporary pedestrian bridge has been put in place while plans are considered for a replacement.  I sat and painted this picture in the shade of the mill buildings.


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.