It would appear that I’ve taken to heart my own ‘recommendations to self’ from last week’s post, specifically, to tackle more watercolour paintings of local Brighton scenes and to paint more interiors.
After painting under a degree of public scrutiny last week, I was keen to have some fun painting a little fast and loose. I took for my subject a Brighton scene that is still vivid in my mind after stopping in this cafe recently early one morning to pick up a coffee on my way to an appointment.
I sketched this out pretty quickly and just started throwing some paint on. I had a rough plan of action in mind, one element of which was to keep the palette really simple, almost monochrome. I used predominantly neutral tint, cobalt blue and light red. Purely co-incidentally, I also only used three paint brushes to paint it:
I really enjoyed painting this and like the energy of some of the brush strokes. While I really liked working on a restricted palette, I thought that the painting, perhaps not unsurprisingly, lacked the warmth that I recall from my visit.
I set out to rectify this with another take. Now that I knew I liked this scene and composition, I took a little more care over drawing it out to try to get a more accurate perspective.
I introduced more warmth with some initial washes, albeit ever so weak, of burnt sienna and light red before putting over my grey-er washes. Again, I had fun painting this and am pretty pleased with how it turned out. I’m already thinking of swapping this over for one of my framed paintings in my Art at Zerbs Open House exhibition.
Here are the two paintings side by side for comparison:
On an another Open House note, I’ll be back at Art at Zerbs on Sunday 19th May (11am – 6pm) and, once again, hope to be painting while I’m there. I’m indebted to a visitor from the opening weekend who captured some rare photos of me in action.
Should anyone be in the vicinity on Sunday, I do hope you’ll consider popping by, it’d be lovely to say hello!