Ever since I moved back to Kingston more than twenty years ago the urban Thames has been a constant draw. An attraction generally as a motif and specifically an opportunity to get down onto the strand at low-tide with an A1 drawing board and a stick of charcoal. It’s a situation where you have to get a drawing done as quickly as possible – tide and weather dominating. Spontaneous direct mark-making delivers freshness and vitality. Low-tide appeals as I am able to get up close to the motif and also draw the debris left on the wet mud and sketch any passing mudlarkers.. The large drawings stand alone as finished works and the observations may be used later in oil paintings made back in the studio. Putney has been one of the best places for me – skidding down the slimy concrete under the roadbridge and onto the mud with the railway bridge close and dominant. Sadly most of these drawings have been sold unrecorded, but this one got away.
I have not been able to lug a large drawing board about for the last two years, so nowadays my outdoor work is smaller, more portable and the favourite medium is Indian ink which still allows for strong mark making and lively contrast.
Profile of the Artist: Wendy Winfield ASGFA
Wendy was born in London and studied at Kingston School of Art and the Courtauld Institute. Later she became a pupil of the abstract expressionist painter Abraham Rattner in New York, then the Bomberg school with Roy Oxlade, Tunbridge Wells. After a career in advertising Wendy became a full-time artist.
Previous solo shows have been held at The Piers Feetham Gallery in 2003, 2007 and 2012.
Plein Air work is important to Wendy and she has spent over twenty years working from outdoor observation in the UK, France and Italy.