Overlooking the River Thames, the Terrace of the Houses of Parliament is illuminated by beautiful, ornate lamp posts. Attached to these are very modern looking and much less impressive lights. One might even call them shabby. The contrast struck me as a metaphor for political intrigue. On one hand there is the leading party, still impressive and flashy as the most recent winner at the Polls. Then there are the underdogs, the ones who are in opposition, their light dimmed by their fall from power. In due course, fortunes will be reversed and the underdog will triumph once more. In the meantime they must bide their time.
The picture is painted on watercolour paper. I start off with a detailed pencil drawing. I then draw over the lines with masking fluid before painting it with a watercolour wash which gets covered with clingfilm. Once this is removed the picture is further developed using acrylic inks which are left to dry before the masking is removed to reveal the final picture.
Watercolour and Acrylic ink on Watercolour paper