It's cold in the loading bay. This well-clad driver prepares to move things through to the warehouse. She drives a Jungheinrich machine. It might be called a lollop.
The pickers for the afternoon shift receive their briefing.
Acrylic on canvas - one of a series of 10 recording the life at the Blakemore warehouse on Manton Lane - or Mayor Dave's fridge, as I believe it is known in Bedford!
Here are the 'pickers' inside the warehouse. They carry the 'cages' on the prongs of a forklift or 'lollop' to the relevant aisle and bay. There they load the goods onto the cages and take them to the loading bay where they are loaded onto a lorry. Or the reverse. It is an electronically synchronised process with a lot of swiping of barcodes.
It has been described as logistical choreography - down an odd aisle, back up an even one. It's a bit like dodgems but without the bumping.
Today, 25 November, at the warehouse: two quick sketches - looking in and looking out.
I'm gathering images of different parts of the 'logistics' process. I can't help thinking about the high-vis channel migrants.
Also, I have loved red brick ever since seeing a Spencer Gore painting of Letchworth. So here was an opportunity to combine the two. I love the sunlit tree. I have darkened the sky and reddened the brick till it glows. This isn't about global warming - but then again, perhaps it is. Things must pass. Now is the only time we have to share our sense of what is beautiful.