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Monday, 10 December 2018

Ronda - stage 1

First stage of a new small painting called "Ronda" (working title) with which I'm trying out my mantra "lose edges and join shapes!" In my mind's eye this one is going to be very moody with a dark sky and low sunlight hitting some of the buildings. Before tomorrow's session I'm going to rub a thin wash over all the sky and buildings which I will do later tonight when the under drawing is pretty dry. I will fix the church tower later in the painting!
This stage was "drawn" up using a small bristle brush and later a rag with a mix of Burnt Sienna and Winsor Violet thinned with Liquin.

Sunday, 9 December 2018

My New mantra

...stuck to my easel. See the previous post for explanation!

Shotgun Shack

Another small painting trying things out. This time however I think I am getting somewhere; what bugs me about too much of my work is that I paint too literal to what is in front of me and put too much detail in. I have realised that most of the work by other artists that I admire all have the same thing in common, they lose edges and merge things together. This not only helps the atmosphere as things are more suggested than stated but the design becomes stronger as the shapes become larger. These are my two main concerns in what I am trying to achieve, atmosphere and strong design.
This painting of a shotgun shack I came across in New Orleans many years ago is starting to address this new way of going about things. I hope to put all this much more into practice in the next painting whatever the subject may be.
I now have a note stuck to my easel saying "Lose edges! Join shapes".
Oil on linen 12" x 16"
There is a short step-by-step progress through this painting in previous posts on this blog.

Friday, 7 December 2018

Sunny Kensington Street sold

"Sunny Kensington Street" has just sold through Asgard Arts to a buyer in Taiwan. It's a painting of Kensington Street in my hometown Brighton which was until recently covered in Street Art but is now being developed for Affordable Housing by the Council-good for them too...as long as the right people are able to buy/rent there. Consequently most of the Street Art has disappeared although this bit was still there last time I walked past. The title has an oblique reference to a song by Donovan from The Swinging Sixties.
Oil on board 18 1/2" x 18 1/2".

Thursday, 6 December 2018

Shotgun Shack - stage 3

The second colour pass and have made a note to myself stuck next to the painting - "Lose edges!" I am narrowing down what I am looking for in these small paintings and one of the things that bugs me about my work is that it's too literal to what's in front of me. So I'm hoping to start changing this over the next few paintings before I start work on a large commission. Let's see how things go tomorrow.

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Shotgun Shack - stages 1 & 2

Stage 1
Another small painting trying things out, this one is of a shotgun shack I came across outside New Orleans a good few years ago. Hopefully things I learnt from the last painting will be applied to this one and am hoping to keep this more blurry and broken up than "Ninth Avenue", the brown/grey tones maybe be giving it a slightly nostalgic feel but with the threat of the stormy sky in the background.
The first stage was "drawn" up with a small bristle brush using a mix of Burnt Sienna and Winsor Violet thinned with Liquin which I allowed to dry for the afternoon session when I put in the tonal underpainting using the same paint mix with a rag.
The second stage was the first colour pass on the sky and adding more tone to the building with another coat of Burnt Sienna and Winsor Violet. The picture will be based around a fairly desaturated complementary of yellow and violet. For the sky I used mixes of Ultramarine Violet, Van Dyke Brown, Burnt Sienna, Zinc White and Yellow Lake Deep, mostly Michael Harding paints.

Stage 2

Sunday, 2 December 2018

Ninth Avenue

Although in one way this is OK, on many points I actually don't like it: the scale of the traffic signal post is wrong to the figures near it, why is the car there it doesn't fit, it is too much like what I was painting some years ago and feel that I haven't moved on and it is all way too static and lifeless with too many unbroken verticals...and I don't think the colours suit the subject.
Still we learn from these problems so hopefully the next painting addresses these concerns!
Oil on linen 16" x 12".
There is a step-by-step progress through this painting in previous posts on this blog.