Chimneys in Bath

Watercolour chimneys

I drew this from a photo I took in Bath at the weekend. Where I live I don’t see an awful lot of chimneys so this view from the window was a bit of a novelty for me.

I think I agree with something Danny Gregory once said about how drawing from a photograph is different from drawing with the subject right in front of you. There’s a bit of a distance and a sort of lack of connection between me and what I’m drawing. It doesn’t feel quite right somehow.

That said, it’s better than not drawing at all and it doesn’t prevent a bit of artistic license creeping in (the sky was definitely not blue when I took this photo). I think I’ll add some colour to those letters at some point too.


5 thoughts on “Chimneys in Bath

  1. john p. Reply

    Every shingle and block drawn. Very good! And I agree there’s more connection in real life, but I agree with you that a sketch from a photo is better than no sketch. You’re still building a bond with that moment you took the picture. When I see the chimneys of your old architecture I think of all the stories of all the people who built fires in the fireplaces connected to those chimneys.

    1. Cathryn Worrell Reply

      Thanks John. I think it also helps if it’s a photo you’ve taken yourself as opposed to one from a magazine or something. That’s an interesting point, to think of the stories of the people who’ve lit fires below all these chimneys. It would be fascinating to know something about those people.

  2. Stew Crowther Reply

    Hello Cathryn,
    Great drawing/painting.
    Although you are right that it is different working from a photo – I still think you can do wonderful work and this proves it πŸ™‚
    And of course, some people just can’t get out enough so need to depend on photographs for reference.
    When I was small, we had an open fire – great fun when we had the chimney sweep round…like Mary Poppins πŸ™‚
    It’s great at Bath isn’t it?
    Stew.

    1. Cathryn Worrell Reply

      Hi Stew and thank you! πŸ™‚ I can of course relate to the need for photographs when I’m not able to get out to draw or if I’m not able to finish a drawing in one sitting.

      I’m just picturing you dancing on the rooftops with all the chimney sweeps now ;).

      And yes, Bath is really lovely, I’m glad I paid it a visit.

      Thanks for the comment.

  3. Alex Tan Reply

    Nice one! πŸ™‚ Love the blue roof tiles.

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