Much as I would like to, I don't earn my living through painting. Instead, I get up at 6 o'clock every morning and make my way up to the bright lights of the city. Everyone I know who does this journey, complains about it as some time or another (I'm including myself in that list). But even commuting has it's moments and my next two paintings were my attempt at capturing some of them.
But dramatic skies are just that, dramatic skies and they can happen anywhere. What actually makes my commute bearable and at times even enjoyable is the people who share the pain with me. If you're on this list then these pictures are for you:
- You judge if you're running late by how far down Fleet Road you've got before I overtake you in the morning.
- You're one of the butchers who waves at me when I walk past your shop.
- You catch the same bus as me on the days when I can't be bothered walking.
- You were with me back in October when I suddenly stopped half way across the bridge to take the photo that went on to become picture number one.
- You have identified yourself in picture number one because, well, that's where you always stand so it must be you.
- You meet me on the platform every morning and we put the world to rights on our journey up to Waterloo.
- You are one of the people who sits near us and pretends not to listen in.
- You catch the tube with me every time there is a strike and then spend the rest of your life doing something to do with security in Africa. I don't believe that you work for Barclays, I think you're a spy.
- You work in my office and occasionally appear on the escalator behind me at Waterloo. It was a team effort working out who you are.
- You catch the bus home with me in the evening and you think I'm some kind of millionaire...who travels on Fleet Buzz.
- You're wondering where I put the carpark - it's big and ugly and I don't like it so I deleted it along with the people who ride their bikes along the platform in the morning.