This week saw me tackle another interior. The venue is the The Set Restaurant at The Artists Residence hotel in Brighton, which some may remember from another recent interior painting:
I don’t visit often but it’s a nice treat to go there every now and then as a family for breakfast. The occasion this time was a belated Father’s Day breakfast. The food was fabulous and I also couldn’t resist getting a few more photographs! What I liked about this view was the light and the mirror on the wall.
I built this painting up with a series of washes which rather frustrated me. Obviously there’s nothing wrong with building up a painting like this, unless of course that’s not what you’re trying to do! I was actually hoping to paint this a little more directly and I fear that, the gradual building up of the washes took away the liveliness of any brushwork! It’s not without points of interest, but it’s also not quite what I was striving for!
After looking at this for a while, I felt that the bottom third of the painting, especially on the left hand side, was a little lacking in terms of suggestion.
Feeling that I had nothing to lose, I went back into this with some very thick dark paint and put in a few dry brushtrokes to suggest the legs of tables and chairs etc. I also strengthened up the contrast in the distant figures by the window to improve the sense of light falling onto the table.
This was all done with the kind of fluency and energy that I think was lacking in the painting thus far and I think these additions helped to lift it a little.
Finally – a new video
Well, after much gnashing of teeth, I’m pleased to be able to report that I have finally finished the short video that I’ve been working on in the background recently. This latest foray into video follows on from my first effort in which I introduced my Binning Monro Palette from John Hurtley’s Little Brass Box Company.
This sequel introduces my favourite palette for sketching, the Frazer Price Palette Box. Ever since I first wrote about this back in 2016, it’s been one of the most visited posts on this site so I thought that a little video of it would be a helpful addition. The other reason was that it felt like a safe subject for me to practice my filming and editing skills! Still a long way to go but I think this is a much more interesting and visually varied video to watch than the first one I did. I expect that this video will mainly be viewed on the original Frazer Price post but I’d obviously welcome any thoughts or opinions on it here too!
It’s exciting to think that I’ll soon be sat somewhere in Southern France with this palette and my little sketching kit (hopefully within arms reach of a fresh baguette, some cheese, and maybe a cold beer!) Roll on the summer holidays!