Inspired by the Swiss landscape. Ink and some digital manipulation.
I took this picture of a mustard field on my regular commute to London. There was a long cycle lane along this field. It crossed many fields and went on for miles and miles.
I dreamt that one day I would take my daughter and go cycling there. Then a month later I fell ill and suspected that I might have had a mild heart attack. I ended up in the hospital across the field and there I dreamt of being able to go back on my regular train journey and be alive to maintain the livelihood of my family. Fortunately it was a false alarm but it did dawn on me that you can’t always leave things to future. A few month later I did take my daughter on that cycle trip. It meant a lot to me but my teenage daughter was rather indifferent about the whole experience. Perhaps when she reaches my age she would look back and then the trip would mean something to her. Come what may, it has been wonderful to be alive and cycle on that lane.
IPAD 1 had just come out but hadn’t reached Zurich and I had just moved there.
Being on my own I went to the Zoo and did some quick sketches and I was unexpectedly surrounded by a bunch of curious kids!
I didn’t mind but I wanted to be left alone to test drive the IPAD for the first time and the idea of a middle aged man on his own drawing the attention of kids wasn’t something I had in mind. I planned to finish the silver back. He was beautiful. There were more sketches of other animals but I didn’t bother uploading them.
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