Titled London’s Open Spaces, they aim to capture the “sights, sounds and colours of alfresco London”. So, we reckon, the perfect visual to ease our way into the bank holiday weekend.
Ruth Hydes is an award winning illustrator and painter, who works in a traditional way, paint on paper, and her sketchbook provides much of the inspiration for her work.
“The locations were chosen for their diversity,” she says. “I particularly love the idea of the Lido in the park, the enchantment of Epping Forest, the ‘dreamspace’ of Primrose Hill and the confidence of Greenwich and the City. At each venue I took a series of photographs and made sketches, but most importantly of all was to feel the unique atmosphere of each place.”
So what most struck her about east London’s best green space? “Hidden in the urban sprawl lies Epping Forest. A world of pollarded trees, spring light filtering to the forest floor, and sounds of unseen birds and animals. I wanted to capture this feeling of another world, an ‘enchanted place’ of light, sounds and looming shapes.”