Friday, October 15, 2010
Planes, trains and Milton Keynes
Back to Blighty again, but this time I flew to Luton and back from Gatwick. The only time I've been to Luton was in 1982 but I can't say I remember it. This time though, I planned to get on a train to Milton Keynes and change from there. I was absolutely amazed to find that there is no train service between Luton airport and Milton Keynes and I had to get a coach! (I have an aversion to them, perhaps from seeing too many upturned in ditches on the news!) I took a bit of a dislike to Milton Keynes too - a decaying concrete jungle drawn with a ruler with an obvious attempt to hide it all behind trees. Normally I'd say trees are a good thing, but when you're walking and there are so many you can't see if you are heading for a shopping street or a motorway, it's a bit ridiculous! Other than the fact that the journey was a bit of a trek, it was actually very enjoyable. Paul has settled in to university life very quickly and the weather was incredibly warm and mild for the time of year.
I even managed a sketch while I was on the plane! We were stuck on the tarmac waiting for a slot so I drew what I could see out of the window. I liked the lettering and the dark fuselage of this cargo plane. The shading was darkened and smoothed out later with a tortillon. Drawn in my little Green & Stone sketchbook.