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Wednesday, 25 November 2020

The Star of Night - stage 4


Pretty much finished the sky now and have gave the rest of the painting another layer of tone to get it nearer to how I want the lighting to work. To the basic Burnt Sienna/Winsor Violet mix I added some Prussian Blue, more Burnt Sienna and Ultramarine Violet which was still a relatively transparent mix that I used for the bottom third of the picture.

Monday, 23 November 2020

The Star of Night - stage 3

 Due to the larger area to cover than recent paintings the sky is taking longer to paint. I have now brought in slightly green/blues into the clouds by mixing more Lemon Yellow into them, the warm underpainting is only meant to show through slightly to give the colour more variety and depth.

Sunday, 22 November 2020

The Star of Night - stage 2

 First colour pass on the sky, intending on keeping it in subdued blues. Colours used were: Prussian Blue, Phthalocyanine Turquoise, Ultramarine Violet, Permanent Orange, Lemon Yellow and Zinc White.

Saturday, 21 November 2020

The Star of Night - stage 1


Searching through a Dictionary of Symbols about the Moon for a title to yet another moonlight painting I came across the phrase "the star of night" which will do just fine for this picture.

This is the fifth of a series of Tonalist paintings of the Brighton/Hove seafront very near to where I live, this location being at the bottom of Grand Avenue in Hove as it meets the seafront. I have got back from the pub past midnight on many occasions over the years when I have decided as I get to the front door to go in to turn around and head for the seafront instead particularly if it's a mild night. It really is a treat to walk by the railings along the promenade and hear the lovely sound of the surf moving the shingle, the smell of the sea and of course the Moon hanging high above the sea illuminating the clouds. OK I'm a bit drunk... but it is quite magical.

So this is part memory/part imagination of the seafront under a moonlit sky. This is the tonal underpainting stage when it was first "drawn" up with a small bristle brush using a mix of Burnt Sienna and Winsor Violet thinned with Liquin and then the tone put on with a rag using the same paint mix. I have also decided to work on a larger canvas than previous ones as it might promote more interest from a gallery - there is a decent-looking one just a couple of minutes from where I live... if I decide to approach them. 

It is also nice to get back working on a square format which I used to work exclusively on for many years previously.

Thursday, 19 November 2020

Sheltering Sky

 After a few relatively fiddly paintings it was nice to get back to my Tonalist Brighton/Hove seafront paintings. Although they are of a specific location I am trying to make the focus the mood and light and not the location itself. I have been doing this by using strong foreground shapes (because I always like a strong design) but tonally merging them with the background so that the eye goes to the sun first and then on to the, in this case, shelter. The location is actually at the very end of the Hove/Portslade promenade where it meets the beginning of Shoreham Harbour (where Fatboy Slim etc lives).

I will do one more before I go on to another fiddly painting again (a commission) so that when I have five (I like odd numbers) I will approach a couple of local galleries... through gritted teeth though, I don't like dealing with galleries but in this case it might be worth my while.

Oil on linen 20" x 16".

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

Tuesday, 17 November 2020

San Moise Reflections sold

 An older small Venice painting "San Moise Reflections" has just sold through Asgard Arts. 

Oil on board 12" x 12".

Monday, 16 November 2020

Sheltering Sky - stage 3


The sky is pretty much finished and have painted another layer of the Burnt Sienna/Winsor Violet mix over the rest of the picture. I don't want the shelter to be prominent so I will need to tonally merge it against the background cloud a bit, the whole focus of the picture is meant to be the sun not the shelter.