I’ve had to continue working on the commission that I mentioned last week – mainly because I want to know that it’s done and dusted and that the client is happy. I think that I now have two versions to show to the client in the hope that one of them will be deemed satisfactory. The challenge I’m grappling with is that the commission is to re-paint something that I’ve done before and which has already sold. I’m struggling with trying to match the qualities of that original, which I feel is hampering my approach.
After deciding that I’d taken the commission as far as I could, for the time being, I desperately felt the need to have some fun! Now I have been keeping up as best I can with the #30x30DirectWatercolour2018 challenge which, up until day 19, looks like this:
I’m still really enjoying the freedom that this exercise provides. I find that I’m increasingly painting ‘end of the day’ skies as that’s when the light is often at its most interesting and challenging. It’s nice to be over the halfway period too and I’m hoping that the second half, in terms of motivation, will feel a bit like freewheeling downhill after having pedalled up the hard bit! I’m also hoping that the end results don’t also start to go downhill too!
I’ve been keen to see whether these skies might feed into my paintings in some way and, following a little walk that I went on at the weekend, I felt I had the perfect excuse. It was a dear friend’s birthday at the and to celebrate, a select few of us met at the end of the day in country pub in West Firle, Sussex. From here, we took a short track that ran along the bottom of the South Downs to a delightful tea room where, in a pop-up restaurant in an Indian Tent we dined on Mexican food! Sounds bizarre I know but it was wonderful!
At the beginning of the walk, the sun was well on its way down and, looking towards the sun, the sky was just fabulous and I couldn’t resist capturing a stack of photos, from one of which I painted this:
I was really pleased with this – not just because of the sky which is the obvious star of the show, but also because of some of the texture and movement in the otherwise plain and simple foreground. I also like that, despite this being painted on a quarter sheet, so quite small, it convey’s an expansiveness of landscape.
For something that didn’t take long to paint, I found this a really pleasing study and feel encouraged to try out some more like this! I could end on something about ‘the sky being the limit’, but surely that would just be too cheesy!?