"Memories of London"
London Prints by Martin Stuart Moore
Early in 1996 the time had come to test myself as a capriccio artist and see if I could produce a cityscape painting of one of the major cities in the world. I set off for London armed with good walking shoes, a camera (non digital) and many rolls of film.
'Walking London' was going to be essential for me to get my orientation of the many elements and areas of this giant city prior to starting work on the London Painting. Over a week I walked about 100 miles snapping everything that caught my eye, checking out Westminster, Kensington, the Parks, across Mayfair and Soho, Bloomsbury, St Pancras, The Strand and the Inn's of Court, on eastwards towards The City with St Paul's and all that Wren added to the London skyline after the Great Fire. Curving down towards the river with the Tower of London and Tower Bridge then westwards along the south bank wandering through Southwark with the riverside Globe theatre and into Lambeth with its Palace. And of course red buses, and taxis, and people and activity — lots of it. Once I had finished this London picture, seven months in all, little did I think I would be back to start a second vision of another London print so soon