Suffolk - Claydon Fertilizer Factory

Claydon fertilizer factory

I looked at this building from the train. You can not get a good view of it from any other angle. It took me months to work out how to paint it. Eventually I took several videos from the train and stopped them, working out how it was put together. I made a pencil sketch, amended it again and again before inking it in, and then applying layer after layer of watercolour wash. All the time I came to realise how important the building had been to the history of Ipswich and to the development of fertilizers in England. As I sketched it over several months it slowly declined. The result of procrastination on behalf of developers. The day I hung it in my last exhibition, the building burnt down, and will now probably be demolished. “You only what you’ve got when its gone”, to quote Joni Mitchell.

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