Friday, September 26, 2014

"London South Bank" (oil on linen; 9" x 12")

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This breathtaking view of London South Bank with its ultra modern glass towers against the dark evening sky is worth the visit to the United Kingdom!  When I lived in London in 1990 for my doctoral dissertation research, it didn't look like this at all.  South London, south of the Thames River, was generally dowdy and, in some places, run down.  If you wanted excitement and elegant city life, you went to Chelsea or Kensington, and that's exactly what I did by moving from Southwark in South London to Chelsea on the other side of the river.

Through the massive redevelopment over the past three decades, London has become ultra modern and chic, without forsaking its old, world-famous grandeur.  It's a city that wears age and modernity with an equal panache.  I love London!

The glass "Shard" (which you can see in my painting) and the medieval Southwark Cathedral side by side!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for all the information about London. The last time I was there, a bit more than ten years ago, was enough for me. London is now complete and off my bucket list. This is a lovely haven't settled on a style though. I figure you can't be put in a box. After all, who gets a PhD and then goes into something totally different?