I saw for the first time last Tuesday the space that I’ll have for my forthcoming Artists Open Houses exhibition. Last year, I had a single wall to hang on and was imagining something similar this year.
Imagine my surprise then when I found out that I have not just one wall, but an entire room! The room does, fortunately, also feature a number of doorways and a large window area but even so, I’ve counted seven different wall areas to try to adorn!
I’ve done a rudimentary plan and I’m anticipating that I’ll need to have 7 – 8 half imperial sized paintings and 4 – 6 quarter imperial sized paintings all framed and ready to hang. I’ll definitely have to show some of the paintings that I exhibited last year alongside more recent works. As I was doing a quick inventory, also I realised that I had a few gaps in the form of portrait format half imperial sized paintings. As I was mentally going through what I had to choose from, I also realised that I was lacking any paintings of interiors. So this week’s offering was defined by the need for a portrait format interior view!
I was in far too much of a hurry to take any work in progress shots, so there’s no warm-up this week, I’m just diving straight in with the finished painting.
The view is of the ‘The Set’ which is the restaurant of the Artist Residence Hotel in Brighton. I haven’t stayed at the hotel but I’ve enjoyed some wonderful meals in this restaurant and, more frequently have had some delicious breakfasts in another nearby room. It was on one of these breakfast occasions that I took the reference photograph for this painting. It was taken mid-morning, so the light was streaming in through the windows at the back. The tables hadn’t been set yet, and the people at the back seemed to be staff who were just taking a break from their preparations.
All in all, I quite like how this came out and am delighted that one our two people, quite independently of each other, have said that the light and atmosphere of this painting reminds them of Edward Hopper, which is tremendously gratifying. Hopefully, surrounded by a crisp white mount, this will fit in quite nicely with my Open House plans!
I’m off to Porto this weekend so shall hopefully be leaving the stresses and strains of the Open House behind me for a few days and picking up lots of fresh inspiration!
That’s all for now, so until next time, or, as we say in Portuguese ‘Até a próxima vez’.