Not really East London!
And while I did start off inside Caravan cafe, I opted on what is sure to be one of London’s last ‘fine’ days before the winter, to takeaway rather than sit in. The soya flat white was pretty good though.
The once slightly seedy area around Kings Cross, at Regents Canal, is undergoing a major transformation: The Francis Crick Institute and Google UK’s new headquarters will now accompany Central St Martins (London University for the Arts) and King’s Place (a new arts venue) behind the station.
As part of an ambitious 9 year arts programme (RELAY), the current panorama to the north of the station is plated with a silver flash (part of this flash visible on my drawing above) and beautifully captured in this blog:
‘Across the Buildings’ is a playful and striking artwork by Felice Varini which unites the completed, under construction and dilapidated or disused buildings on the site. From one point on the site, the optical illusion of a silver line – traversing facades, lampposts, windows – in it’s entirety can be viewed, but elsewhere we get more of an impression of it’s continuity in discrete graphic forms.
This drawing was done in front of a new restaurant in the square: ‘The Grain Store’, which hides behind some geometrically cut and positioned trees (a major area of difficulty in this sketch). The bicycles and spindly cafe furniture were also a bit ropey, but I’m definitely getting happier with drawing in public so that’s something.
I think a bit of blind contour drawing next!