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Sunday, 18 October 2020

Street Corner Blues

 I didn't post any progress photos of this painting as it was a commission and I think the person that commissioned it should see it first before anybody else. A very nice French lady from London wanted this painted as a present to her boyfriend and they drove down from London yesterday to pick it up. As always I face these moments with trepidation when the buyer sees their painting for the first time, doubly anxious this time as it needed to be liked by two people not one so when I let them into the studio I feared to hear words like "Oh" or "Hmmm..."

Anyway I worried needlessly as they both loved it so I felt emboldened to explain the design and colour choices that I had made as I painted the picture. She had seen my work on the internet and told me the paintings that she liked so we talked on the phone and narrowed down the subject matter and feel that she was looking for. We settled on a theme that I was working on some ten years ago, buskers in deserted city streets and after a couple of pencil roughs I went ahead with the final painting. I equate buskers with painters like myself; they basically show what they can do and then hopefully people will give them money for it... and I am just the same, I paint pictures on spec and then hope that....people will give me money for them.

It is based around a yellow/violet colour complementary, oil on canvas 23 1/2" x 23 1/2".

Sunday, 4 October 2020

Street Corner Blues - stage 1


This is a commission that I am now painting for a nice lady in London and is actually the second painting with this title but I'm using it again because it seemed appropriate. A return to my urban scenes with buskers, the client asking for it to be not too American despite the diner in the foreground. I changed it to "Cafe" and removed a foreground fire hydrant and replaced it with a London-style bollard, I guess the background could be any big city. There will be a few people around in the background but no cars. 

The lighting is planned to be a warm afternoon sun hitting the foreground with most of the buildings across the street in shadow with a thin strip of sky in the middle.

This is the first stage of the tonal underpainting using a mix of Burnt Sienna and Winsor Violet thinned with Liquin and applied with a small bristle brush, a 1/2" flat and a rag.

Oil on linen 23 1/2" x 23 1/2"

Tuesday, 29 September 2020

The Lonely Night


This is the second painting that I have done of this location on Hove seafront near where I live, the older one shown below. This is another Tonalist painting that is an accompanying one to the previous, a gallery owner told me many years ago to think in pairs as a collector might be tempted to buy both when they see them together. Debating whether to show some of these to an art gallery a few streets away in Hove and overcome my disdain for UK galleries....

I tried a different colour for the underpainting on this one with the violet showing through and giving the whole painting a colder cast than normal. At some point I will try other colours like green but I have acommission to get on with now so that will have to wait.

Oil on linen 20" x 16".

There is a step-by-step progress through this painting including the colours I used in previous posts on this blog.

Saturday, 26 September 2020

The Lonely Night - stage 3


Second colour pass and maybe in a position to finish tomorrow, taking shape now with sky pretty much finished. Same colours used as yesterday. I still maybe will do one more but this time using a very different underpainting colour as the purple is not that dissimilar to my normal Burnt Sienna/Winsor Violet mix. Also need now to get working on a commission too...

Friday, 25 September 2020

The Lonely Night - stage 2

 This is the first colour pass over the whole painting, adjusting for a different underpainting colour to what I'm used to.

This stage always gives me a good idea as to how to proceed as I begin to see it as I imagined it. Colours used were: Ultramarine Violet, Indanthrene Blue, Burnt Sienna, Permanent Orange, Lemon Yellow, Unbleached Titanium and Zinc White.

Thursday, 24 September 2020

The Lonely Night - stage 1


This is actually the second painting I have done of this location on Hove seafront about fifteen minutes walk from where I live. This will be another Tonalist painting but this time I am trying out a different underpainting colour which is a mix of Ultramarine Violet with a bit of Burnt Sienna in it which I thinned with Liquin and applied with a small bristle brush and rag. I want to try out a few different colours on this one (or I will use pretty much the same ones as "Pier") and see how they look.

Tuesday, 22 September 2020


 So I'm getting a grip on Tonalism, it's all about the mood not the subject matter and I managed to hold myself back from how I would normally paint this which is the "Illustrative" approach; as an illustrator you compose and paint it all to best show the characteristics of the subject to it's full advantage i.e. Illustration is part of Packaging you could say. Here the subject matter is secondary to the mood and colour.

This is the Palace Pier in Brighton, the city where I live but I have made it quite small and in the distance yet because it is lit it is still a secondary focus to the picture. I like to compose in triads, here we have three light areas spaced out across the picture in a hopefully interesting way; the distant pier, the Moon in the sky and the moonlight on the water by the kiosk.

Oil on linen 20" x 16"

There is a short step-by-step progress through this painting including which colours I used in previous posts on this blog.