My husband and I went sketching locally today, and ended up at Denver Sluice, a complicated set of flood-management structures which assist in Fen drainage. We spent a long time looking for a good view to sketch and, as time was eking away, in the end sat on a picnic bench and drew one of the monolithic sluice gates. It was never going to be a beautiful picture, more a study in perspective.
After a very dull start, the sun finally broke through, and blue skies smiled on us as we worked – in fact it got quite warm.
The structure itself presented quite a tricky set of issues, as the huge concrete supports were wider at the base than the bottom, but only quite subtly. I’ve overdone it here, and the angles aren’t consistent. And of course, there was the issue of their recession away from our point of view. I didn’t manage to capture this very successfully, but I know I have done worse! The concrete colours were a challenge too. In fact, it was all quite tricky. Next time we sketch this (if there is one) I’ll forgo the picnic bench and position myself where I can see the water running under the structure – that might make more visual sense.
Still, I’ve now broached the first page of my new Saunders Waterford pad, which is no bad thing. Always nice to get one under the belt.