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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"