I am sometimes surprised at the extent to which it is assumed that painting and drawing is a relaxing pastime. I generally find it quite the reverse. My brain often struggles to process the many simultaneous decisions that it is forced to make each moment working on a piece of artwork. I find this process quite tiring and it can be extremely stressful. This sketch produced yesterday provoked a stressful response. It’s a mystery to me how I finished this drawing as it was a struggle to merely put pen on paper by the time of its’ completion.
The drawing depicts a building resembling a French château on Lime Street in Liverpool. It was designed by Alfred Waterhouse and was opened in 1871 as the North Western Hotel. It is seen here from St George’s Hall. This sketch was made on the same day as that made from the rooftop of Liverpool Central Library (Library with a View). It was drawn in fine line pens on paper.