|The Thames at Kew - looking towards Richmond 12 and 15 March 2012|
pen and inck and coloured pencils in Moleskine sketchbook, 11" x 16"
© Katherine Tyrrell - all rights reserved
Both days had started foggy and the haze was still present round the river albeit the sun was shining - and consequently there was lots of atmospheric perspective to play with.
The Thames is still tidal at this point of the river and was all the way out which gave me a lot more interest - and colour - in the riverbanks to sketch.
A rower kept coming up and down while we there. The rowing causes some nice ripples on the still water. I was trying to work out how to get her in the sketch. In the end I decided that if I worked it up into a formal drawing I'd use a photo to get her more towards the foreground but that she was moving too fast to sketch effectively while sat there.
You can view the Thames from two places.
- Either sit on the benches located at Syon Overlook - at the River Thames end of Syon Vista - across the river from Syon House and Syon Park - but these have the Kew Haha, a fence and a towpath between the Gardens and the Thames (panorama sign in column F below)
- Or sit on the bench on the towpath (Column E) - which is beyond the Haha and can be reached via the Brentford Gate (column M below) and a nice quiet walk along the towpath. This option gives the best view of the water.
|extract from Kew Gardens map|
The particular view in my sketch is of the view to the left of Syon House and Park. It captures:
- the western edge of Kew Gardens which borders the Thames and
- the trees of the Royal Mid Surrey Golf Club to the left - which occupies part of the Old Deer Park and
- the wilderness bordering the Thames south east of Syon park
I'll also be posting this sketch on the new Urban Sketchers London blog.