The Poppies At The Tower

31 Dec

2014 Dec 31

Back in November, Husb and I went up to London to meet up with friends and do a few exhibitions – the Egon Schiele at the Courtauld and the Grayson Perry at National Portrait Gallery – fabulous. We also trekked across the city to go and see the extraordinary installation Blood Swept Land And Seas Of Red by Paul Cummins and Tom Piper, where almost a million ceramic poppies had been steadily filling the moat around the Tower of London in memory of the British and Commonwealth troops who had died during World War 1. It was tough getting there. It was a very wet, grey November the 5th and London was jam packed with people come to see the Bonfire Night fireworks display down at the River Thames. There had been 4 million visitors to the Tower by then, an unprecedented number and it was a battle to get on the packed Tube and then we were swept along by the throng making their way to see the poppies. But it was worth it. An incredible experience. There were tens of thousands circling the Tower, but little noise. People were silent or muted, quiet and respectful. It wasn’t like ticking off a visit to a tourist attraction, it was a Communion and a moving experience.

I scribbled quickly into my A5 Tate Gallery sketchbook with some Faber Castell Pitt drawing pens in sepia and added the sea of red with a lipstick. When I came home I put on some washes of my newly made walnut husk sepia ink. My little scribble doesn’t do it justice. I don’t have the drawing skills to show the thousands of people there, just a tiny number immediately in front of me. But the sketch takes me back to the experience in a way that a photograph never could.

It’s New Year’s Eve and I have now blogged just over 1,200 posts, each one showing at least one of my art works. I wish you all a happy and peaceful New Year. Blwyddyn Newydd Dda i chi pawb x

 

 

2 Responses to “The Poppies At The Tower”

  1. Rachel Terwillger January 1, 2015 at 13:59 #

    Thank you for sharing this with those of us who won’t get to see it in person. What an amazing thing.

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